MOBERLY — The Moberly Board of Education officially adopted its changes for the 2022-2023 textbook Tuesday at its meeting. Students will no longer be allowed to carry cellphones and smartwatches with them to school.
If a student has an electronic device in their possession, even if they don’t use it, they could have it confiscated and face even harsher penalties. They must keep the devices in their locker or car, as per policy.
Moberly’s policy gives parents the option of calling reception if they need to message their student. The college has already implemented the policy.
According to the Moberly School District website, teachers shared their thoughts on the distractions cellphones can bring to the classroom at a May 24 board meeting.
Some parents and students have expressed their displeasure with the policy on social media and have called for different solutions to reduce cell phone distractions. Some have pointed out that students with cell phones are crucial in an emergency.
Moberly Superintendent Dustin Fanning said the manual change had nothing to do with the Texas school shooting.
“We have procedures and policies in place to keep children safe, keep our employees safe and are always looking for ways to improve that,” Fanning said.
“And I don’t think 700 cell phones in high school are going to make it any safer.”
After the proposal was published, many people took to social media to voice their agreement or disagreement, but the proposal passed anyway.
“We want to unite people and understand there’s going to be controversy, and we understand there’s going to be disagreement,” Fanning said. “But at the end of the day, we’re doing what’s best for our children and for our school’s learning environment.”