Penn Hills County School plans to ban cell phones next year for some students

PENN HILLS (KDKA) – The next school year will see major changes for Penn Hills School District students.

To keep attentive and mentally healthy students, the district decided to switch to mobile phones.

High school students are generally prohibited from using phones at school.

The district’s high school principal says that because of the recent success that has been found in the fact that Linton High School is not allowed to use phones for Linton High School students, the county has decided that next year phones will not be used, see or even hear during high school classes. .

At a board meeting on Tuesday, leaders decided to purchase Yondr packages for all students in which they can store their phones and other devices.

The district says that until students enter the building their phone will be stored and secured in a bag and will not be able to get it back and unlock until the end of the school day.

Yondr bags have been around since 2014 and are commonly used to create places without phones for libraries, shows and even courts.

The district is taking this step for a number of reasons, including:

  • So that students are not distracted
  • Problems on social media, which they said were related to depression, anxiety and poor sleep
  • Stronger student activity in the classroom
  • For better face-to-face communication

The change will take place early next school year.

The Penn Hills School District has decided to make high school next year a no-phone zone for students.

Author KDKA-TV CBS Pittsburgh on Friday, May 6, 2022

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