Herald Staff Writer
Like it or not, your middle schooler will not be allowed to carry a cellphone around. It doesn’t matter if your child is on a lunch break or between classes. If they are caught, they will have the phone confiscated.
With the growing addiction to being in constant contact via Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, the teachers are always having to fight for full attention.
At the beginning of the school year, Barberton Middle School will implement the “Away For The Day” policy, which means no student will be allowed to use a cellphone or any electronic devices, except what the school provides, during the hours of 7:50 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Phones must be off and secured in the students assigned locker. If a parent needs to get ahold of their child in case of an emergency, they can call the office at 330–745-9950 and they will convey the message. Parents should not attempt to call or text a child’s cellphone. If a student is caught the consequences are:
First infraction: the phone will be taken away and returned to the student at the end of the day. Second infraction: the phone will be taken, parents will be notified and the phone will be given back to the student at the end of the day. Third infraction: the phone will be taken and must be picked up by a parent.
More severe punishments will be enforced for repeatedly breaking the rules.
The best way to avoid problems is to keep the cell at home. Remember, the school is not responsible for lost or stolen phones. If it’s necessary for your child to have a telephone remind them they must keep the phone off and away for the day.
You would be wrong to think the school doesn’t have the right to seize the phone. Although the Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable search and seizures, breaking the rules set by school authorities is reasonable and gives them the legal right to seize personal property. Also, according to the U.S. Courts, school officials need not obtain a warrant before searching a student who is under their authority; instead, a search of a student need only be reasonable under all the circumstances.
New Jersey v. TLO, 469 U.S. 325 (1985)