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Several high schools lift ban on cell phone use

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cell phones have been banned in most, but now cell phones will be allowed in some JCPS schools.

The lift on the ban at several local high school comes just as soon as teachers have parents sign off on it.

After a unanimous board vote, students at Ballard, duPont Manual, Fairdale, Iroquois, Seneca, Southern, Valley and Waggener high schools will be allowed to use phones for research in the classroom, with teacher supervision.

But before then, parents have to give the okay.

"Right now the schools are in the process of sending out letters to parents. They are basically waivers, permission slips that say the students are going to use their cell phone in the classroom," said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey, "It's going to be under the district's acceptable use policy, but also when they access the Internet, it's going to be through our network."

Students who cannot afford or do not have their own cell phone will be provided with one, or similar device from their school.

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