Forest Hills Public Schools is a learning organization. We continuously review research and our own practices in order to improve the educational experience for our students. Reviewing research on the use of cell phones by school-aged children has allowed us to reflect on how to best support our students as they learn and grow. It has become clear that excessive exposure to cell phones has a negative effect on school-aged children. In view of the research findings, we have reflected on how we can modify district practices to support all students.
We are grateful to our community for their support of previous bond proposals which have allowed the district to purchase technology that provides all students with access to online resources to support learning without using their personal cell phones during the school day. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, students will not be allowed to carry or use cell phones during the school day. Phones are available in the office of each school should a student need to contact their parent. If families believe that their child needs access to a cell phone before or after school, it will be the student’s responsibility to ensure that their phone remains stored while they are at school.
An informational graphic outlines the positive effects of reduced cell phone use and highlights additional resources should you be interested in learning more. We appreciate your support as we continue to identify ways to support all our learners as they achieve their individual potential.