Texas City Independent School District was right to require students to pack away their cellphones and focus on classroom instruction.

The new rule calls for students to store cellphones in purses or backpacks before entering a school building. The new policy also requires the phones stay out of sight until after the final bell.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com

(5) comments

Ray Taft

Before congratulating Texas City Independent School District and wishing it on everyone else, let’s see how it works out there. Part of TCISD’s cellphone policy is confiscating violators phones and charging them $15 to get them back. That’s rather draconian and not something done in the adult world.

Randy Chapman

See what a judge does to you in a courtroom if you fail to follow the judge's directions. Also, the rule has been on the books for years but was relaxed to allow students to use their phones for school work. It will now be enforced as all the students now have tablets for school work. It is absolutely the right choice. Phones are not needed during the school day.

Toni Dorbin

They are not adults and the focus should be on getting an education not what is trending . As a parent and former school administrator, let's start acting like adults and doing what is best for the students. Maybe by unplugging each day during school, they will start to interact with each other and improve their social skills.

Mary Gillespie

Friendswood does the same.

Without some REAL penalty, kids won't stop the behavior.

Jose' Boix

Many of us have been discussing the importance of enforcement regarding the TCISD cell phones. Perhaps to be "picky," to start, we need to be sure the proper documentation is in place. As such, just consider this Editorial statement: "The new rule calls for students to store cellphones in purses or backpacks before entering a school building. The new policy also requires the phones stay out of sight until after the final bell."

Notice the mix of the words "rule" and "policy." I hope that there is an approved "policy" - which defines the "what" followed by a "procedure" (perhaps "rule" is the term at TCISD) defining the "how."

Having ever-green/up-to-date an approved "policies & procedures (or rules) manual or manuals is another key to success - or failure. As it is said "The devil is in the details." Just my thoughts.

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