Canadian province of Ontario to ban cellphones in class from September

Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms

According to The Canadian Press, "Ontario is set to announce this week that cellphones will be banned in classrooms, starting in the next school year".

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning", Ms Thompson wrote.

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning, and not their cell phones", she said in a written statement Tuesday, March 12.

Education consultation surveys from previous year suggested that approximately 97 percent of respondents supported some form of restriction on phones in class, according to the government sources.

The announcement is expected in the "near future".

"When the school day starts, the phones go off", one senior government source said.

While Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner agrees that cellphones can be a distraction, he is critical of what he describes as the government's "top-down regulation" approach.

Doug Ford's Tories proposed the ban during last year's election campaign.

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

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A number of schools already have similar policies in place, including Limestone District School Board in Kingston.

Some in the education field have said the new policy really doesn't change much as teachers haven't been allowing inappropriate use of phones in class.

The Peel District School Board policy states that students "will use devices responsibly" only after getting permission and direction from teachers.

In France, students are now forbidden from using their phones in the classroom or even during breaks.

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards to make their own decisions.

The mother, who has two children in elementary school, says that although we live in a world that relies on technology, there's a time and a place for cellphones.

Instead, McRae said schools should be helping students find a healthy balance for their cellphone use.

WECDSB spokesperson Stephen Fields tells CTV Windsor, the planned cell phone ban and continued educational use aren't necessarily in conflict. These improvements were mostly demonstrated among the students who were typically "low achieving".

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