Current Department of Education policy prohibits student cell phone use in schools. "You come to school to learn not to play games or send text messages," responded Mayor Bloomberg when asked to address the ban on cell phones in New York City public schools.
The battle often begins when that hip-hop ring-tone sounds during some class activity. We all know the student will claim its his or her mother calling. (Isn't it always?) Time is taken away from instruction and the students are reminded of the rules and policies regarding cell phone usage. The cell phone is either confiscated or placed back into the pocket or bag of the offender. Does it have to be that way?