Chicopee High School’s Updated Cell Phone Policy Begins This Week

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – Starting this week, Chicopee High School will begin requiring students to lock their cell phones in magnetic pouches during the school day. It’s part of the school’s initiative to keep students’ phones off and learning.

We spoke with the school principal to learn more about the preparations that will begin tomorrow for this pilot program.

“Cell phones are never allowed in classrooms, never allowed in hallways, and then after the pandemic it’s been really, really difficult to get students away from their phones,” Chicopee High School principal explained, Carol Kruser.

Chicopee High School is cracking down on student cell phone use in class. From Tuesday, students will be required to place their phones in magnetic closure pouches during the school day, made by the Yondr company.

“We just need students to know that we mean business and we’re doing this for them and a lot of students realize that,” Kruser said.

Chicopee High School principal Carol Kruser told Western Mass News that this is an additional step to update their current cell phone policy. She said Yondr would assess building logistics on Monday before distributing the pouches on Tuesday.

“What they’re doing tomorrow is coming in and saying how to get students in quickly, how to get students out quickly, how to have the least amount of disruption in their lives, how to make sure kids don’t sneak in other entrances and exits, how to keep building security intact,” Kruser said.

She added that there will be consequences for those who do not follow the rules and that the school’s goal is to get students to refocus in the classroom after a year and a half of distance learning.

“What I’m hoping to get out of this is that they’re not constantly bombarded with pressure to be constantly on TikTok, constantly be on Netflix watching videos and constantly texting their friends,” Kruser said.

Kruser added that they have a contract with Yondr for the rest of the year with the intention of continuing to use the sachets next year. They will assess after the 2022-23 school year to see if it is needed beyond that.

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