Saginaw Public Schools requiring students to have their phones in locked pouches

September 9, 2019

Saginaw Public Schools are taking a strong stance on phones in classrooms.


The district will be giving students locked pouches for their handheld devices starting next week.


Students will come to school with the pouches and have their phones locked inside.


Students and parents are mixed about the change. The school district decided to purchase $27,000 worth of locked pouches.


Saginaw Public Schools purchased these locked pouches from Yondr and celebrities like Dave Chappelle and Donald Glover have used them at their events.


It's a move to keep the audience more involved in the event and less on their phone.


Saginaw Superintendent Ramont Roberts is hoping this new policy is going to pay dividends in the classroom. A statement from the district says administrators hope no phones in class will reduce distractions and enhance learning.


So, when school starts students will lock their phones in a pouch, which they get to keep. They'll get to unlock them at the end of the day by tapping on an unlocking base.


The school says in case of emergency students can use an office phone.


If a student is caught using their cell phone during school, they could face suspension.


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