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Local school districts to start 2023-24 school year with new policy: NO CELLPHONES


Read the new Wellsville, Whitesville, and Andover policies

Students are asked to keep phones home, or keep them turned off, in their lockers

By Andrew Harris

Local school administrators have taken action to remove cellphones from the school day. After years of problems related to cell phone use, the message from Wellsville, Whitesville, and Andover School is clear: Keep the phones at home.

For students who can’t be separated from their devices, they must be placed in lockers and powered down. The policies for these three schools reflects the growing problem with cell phones in school. Besides the natural distraction of a “smart phone,” disciplinary issues surrounding students using cell phones have been a growing concern. Privacy issues, cyberbullying, and inappropriate behavior have all been major factors in this policy change.

Below are the updated plans and policies for Whitesville, Wellsville, and Andover. Other Allegany county schools have already insituted similar policies. Genesee Valley Central School confirmed that the district has not adopted a policy which prohibits cell phone use by students during school hours.

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