How One Large Public High School Is Going Phone-Free For Entire School Year
How do you get high school kids to go phone-free for entire school day, everyday?
San Mateo High School is going phone-free starting with this school year.
It is the largest public high school in the US to make this move.
How do you get high school students to loosen their cement clasp around their phones?
It is the heart of Silicon Valley, so you go with some new technology.
The company’s website explains, “Yondr uses a patented system to create phone-free spaces for artists, educators, organizations and individuals.”
It’s being used by professional entertainers, courts, private events and companies that want to create a phone-free zone.
And now, San Mateo High.
San Mateo High School becomes the largest public high school in the US to go phone-free.
Before students start with, “But what if…”–every classroom has it’s own unlocking device and teachers still have access to their cell phones and a landline.
Assistant principal Adam Gelb says they’ve been able to get all 1,700 student phones unlocked in a matter of minutes.
NPR reports schools can lease the pouches for $30 each for the school year. The company says there about 600 schools are now signed up.
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