Ontario Government Set to Ban All Cellphones from Classrooms This Fall

Cellphones in schools							Julia Mc Kay  Julia McKay  The Whig-Standard

Cellphones in schools Julia Mc Kay Julia McKay The Whig-Standard

Canada's most populous province will ban mobile phones in classrooms next year.

The Tory government conducted education consultations past year, and while input on the sex-education curriculum dominated headlines, feedback was also gathered on a potential classroom cellphone ban.

The directive would prohibit cellphone use during instructional time and enforcement of the ban would be up to individual boards and schools.

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning - not their cellphones", Thompson said in a statement.

The Tory government conducted education consultations a year ago, and while input on the sex-education curriculum dominated headlines, feedback was also gathered on a potential classroom cellphone ban.

About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class, the sources said.

Beginning next school year, cellphones will no longer be allowed in the classroom unless they are required for educational purposes, health and medical purposes, or to support special needs. "Instead of empowering schools to create reasonable cell phone use policies, Ford is promising a province-wide ban that is impossible to enforce", Schreiner said in a statement.

The Green Party of Ontario issued a statement calling the ban "bumper sticker" politics and accused the Doug Ford government of trying to turn public attention away from the controversy around its handling of the autism services file.

Cellphones will soon be banned in Ontario classrooms.

"If they determine that cell phones or other personal electronic devices might be useful for a particular lesson that they're teaching, it allows for them to use those devices", explained Fields.

"Minister Eggen trusts Alberta's teachers and school boards to make their own rules regarding the use of cellphones in their classrooms", he said Tuesday. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.

According to the study's findings, "this suggests that restricting mobile phone use can be a low-priced policy to reduce educational inequalities".

We will be making a formal announcement in the near future. "I think it's important to understand what the government is trying to do as an objective, what kind of behaviour are we trying to target with this. We've got a lot of classrooms where students are actually provided with Chrome books and iPads and those kinds of things", said Fields.

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