Louisville schools tackling cell phone use this school year

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Personal electronic devices were first allowed in the 2015-2016 school year, but that changed this month.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 1:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - It's a problem that educators are all too familiar with - keeping students engaged in learning. 

It's even harder if students are distracted by electronic devices. 

But the Louisville School District now has a new policy on that along with a new superintendent. 

Dr. Randy Grierson is the top official in the district. 

As a former collegiate athlete and football coach for Delta State, he's not afraid to tackle a problem head-on, like cell phones. 

"Parents are very pro no cell phone, students are a little different," he said. 

Some changes this year when the students enter their classrooms. One of those changes - no cell phones allowed. 

Personal electronic devices were first allowed in the 2015-2016 school year, but that changed this month. 

Among the reasons is to limit distractions and to curb bullying. 

"That's where most bullying comes from is cyberbullying, threats and the different things of Snapchat," he said. 

Now cell phones can be used during school hours if it's part of a lesson plan. 

Otherwise, their use is limited to field trips and after-school activities. This will allow the administration to focus on the number one goal. 

"If you don't have 100 percent graduation rate, you're missing kids," Grierson said.  

Another change this school year is students can anonymously report bullying or school threats on the school district website. 

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