By Sarah Gilles
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The administration of CCHS made a significant change in the policy regarding cell phone use for students. Starting at the start of this school year, students are permitted to use their cell phones outside of class, during homeroom, lunch, and break.
Mr. Miller, a veteran math teacher of 50 years, thinks the policy is fantastic. Mr. Miller said, “Was I consulted? No. Do I care? No, I think it’s a great decision, it makes it much easier for me because I don’t have to walk the halls collecting phones at break.”
New students like Tori Pratt, Ireland Wells, and Olivia Bartis said they like the idea. Hannah Lyons, a returning sophomore, finds the new rules regarding phone use less stressful. She thinks the policy should have changed a lot sooner, but sees how it could cause some problems.
Mr Telford approved the policy after Honor Council meet to discuss the rules and determine the change would benefit both students and teachers alike. “It was really a matter of faculty, staff and some student leaders. We were spending an inordinate amount of time disciplining students for using their phones in the hallways but we really just wanted to make sure phones were not used in class,” he said.
Although students now can use phones outside of class, the policy regarding in-class phone use has gotten stricter. Using a phone during a test will result in an automatic suspension and bypass Honor Council Investigation. “We don’t want to have to be judge and jury,” said Mr. Telford.