Ohio high schools battle cell phone addiction
All eyes will be on Crestwood High School in near Akron this school year as it launches a bold new experiment to ban students from using their personal electronic devices throughout the entire school day.
“It’s a bold move we’re taking, but it’s the right thing to do for kids,” High School Principal Dave McMahon said.
The district, which starts the 2019-20 school year on Monday, is the first in Portage County to outright ban cell phone use at all times of the day, including lunch periods, study halls and between classes. The Board of Education approved the new high school handbook policy at the end of June, aligning it with the middle school policy, and McMahon said that there would be a strong educational component to the new policy in order to get students, parents, staff and administrators on board.