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Colorado school bans cell phones

Meg Hilling
October 01, 2018 07:37 PM

DOLORES, COLO. - For kids at schools in Dolores, Colorado, there is a new rule this year: No cell phones during school hours.

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According to school officials the phones were causing too many distractions.

“So first of all, if you have it, it's confiscated, the kid picks it up at the end of the day. We document that so the second time we contact parents and parents have to come and get it,” Dean of Students, John Marchino said.

According to the high school principal, the inspiration for the rule came from the neighboring town of Mancos.

"They had gone to no cell phones period during the school day if students were on campus so, we asked how it was working and he said it was working brilliantly," Dolores High School Principal, Jenifer Hufman said.

So far this year, the school district has seen a tremendous drop in conflict among students.

"From a law enforcement perspective this year  I haven't had any reports of sexting, cyberbullying, electronic harassment, bullying. It's been fantastic," School resource officer, Deputy Kaylee Green said.

And teachers say they are loving it.

"I've talked to the teachers and the teachers are like kids grades are up. Participation in class is better," Marchino said.

Overall, school officials report that students and parents have been getting on board.

"Most kids that you talk to are like 'eh, it sucks, but we are okay.' And the parents like it for the most part," Hufman said.

While the ban appears to be working well right now, the school district says it is not opposed to tweaking it if it needs to in the future.

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