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Cellphones used as learning tools at Jeffersonville High School

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Long gone are the days where cell phones are banned at school. Years ago, if students were caught with a cellphone, a parent would have to come pick it up. But Jeffersonville High School's policy has evolved with the times.

During a passing period at the high school, hundreds of students crowd the halls, and it's almost impossible to miss all their cellphones.

“It's kind of an attached to your hip kind of thing,” said high school senior Amy Steinmetz.

It's a complete 180 from when they were once banned.

“When I was in the classroom, and cellphones first started appearing with students, it was, 'oh a huge challenge!'” Principal Julie Straight said.

But since then, Principal Straight says the phones have just become another lesson.

“We think it's part of their education," she said. "They need to learn what's responsible use of a cellphone, that it's disrespectful to be looking at a phone when someone's talking to you."

Steinmetz says having her phone on her helps balance a busy schedule between work, student council and playing sports.

“My coach, who works here, actually keeps us up to date about games if they're canceled during the school day so you can plan that for afterward,” she said.

However, having a phone out and on your desk is up to the teacher. And if they allow students to listen to music while doing their school work, that comes with another rule to follow.

“[We’re] asking that they only wear one ear bud because of safety so they can hear directions if there were a need,” Principal Straight said.

She said the times have changed from when she was a teacher and so have the school's policies.

“It is the world now.," Principal Straight said. "Parents want their children to have cellphones for safety reasons and to make that instant communication.”

If a student is asked to put their phone away and they don’t, they'll be asked to leave class. If it keeps happening, the student could receive a detention or suspension.

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