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Los Angeles School District Votes in Favor of Cellphone Ban

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Los Angeles School District Votes in Favor of Cellphone Ban

Implementing the ban in one of the country’s largest school districts could be a challenge

By Sara Randazzo and Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ

June 18, 2024


Los Angeles, like most districts, currently has a policy prohibiting phone use during class time while allowing devices during lunchtime and breaks. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

The Los Angeles Unified School District voted Tuesday to ban cellphones during the entire school day, becoming the largest school system to take such a step in an era of concern about youth cellphone use and social-media addiction.


Actually keeping students off their phones, however, could be a challenge.


Los Angeles, like most districts, currently has a policy prohibiting phone use during class time while allowing devices during lunchtime and breaks. Implementation has varied from classroom to classroom, and teachers find it difficult to police without consistent consequences.


The move by the Los Angeles school board, which voted 5 to 2 in favor of the ban, clears the way for school leaders to create a policy on how to ban devices that would take effect by January. The extent of the ban could vary by grade level, the board said.


The district will consider physically locking phones away in lockers or pouches, an approach being taken by an increasing number of schools and districts across the country. Other schools that banned smartphones have given students Light Phones, which have only calling and texting fe

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