Ontario to ban cellphones from classrooms

Doris Richards
March 14, 2019

"Smartphones have become a huge distraction in classrooms, making it impossible for students to learn effectively", tweeted Premier Doug Ford on Tuesday morning.

"Last fall, we launched the largest-ever consultation on education in the history of Ontario", explained Thompson.

The formal announcement of the ban is expected in the near future.

Some schools in this province have already enacted cell phone bans, while others have not seen a problem.

The Conservatives had proposed the ban during last year's election campaign.

The ban would prohibit the use of cellphones during instructional time. About 97 percent of respondents said they would support some form of a ban on cellphones.

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning - not their cellphones", she wrote.


"We've always maintained that a student using their own personal devices is good for learning as long as it's not distracting them from their learning and under the guidance of the teacher or staff member in that room", says John Howitt, superintendent of education at GECDSB. Exemptions include lesson plans that integrate phones and for students with medical and/or special needs.

Thompson announced additional money for school boards and training for teachers Monday as hundreds of kids may soon enter school because they will get less funding for therapy.

In 2017, a Toronto middle school implemented a ban on the use of cellphones in classrooms. "So they've taken the step of saying cellphones are not permitted in class", Toronto District School Board spokesman Ryan Bird told CTV Toronto.

"What I think is problematic is when people use their phones to text their friends either within the classroom or outside the classroom-and would not be condoned for use [by] the teacher".

In 2015, NY ended its ban on cellphones, giving schools the authority to create their own, in part because parents wanted to be able to contact their children, and it was not equally enforceable. "It's about recognizing that a school is a learning environment".

The two biggest school boards in the region, the Greater Essex County District School Board and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, each allow cell phones in classrooms.

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