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Wichita Teacher’s Union Wants to Ban Cell Phones in Schools


WICHITA, Kan. (KNS) – The union representing Wichita teachers is asking the state’s largest school district to ban cell phones from classrooms. The proposal from United Teachers of Wichita comes as several districts across the country have tightened their policies regarding cell phones.

The union wants to eliminate cell phones in classrooms. Wichita schools currently allow them for instructional purposes with a teacher’s permission.

High school students are also allowed to use cell phones before and after school, between classes, and at lunch. Union officials say they want to limit distractions and improve student behavior and safety.

The North Kansas City school district recently banned cell phones during the school day. Students there are required to secure phones in their lockers or backpacks.