Teachers Call for Province-Wide Ban on Cellphones in Classrooms

    Elementary teachers react to Toronto District School Board decision

    TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Elementary public school teachers would like to
see every school board in Ontario ban student use of cell phones and other
personal electronic devices in classrooms, says the Elementary Teachers'
Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
    The Federation was responding to a decision by Toronto District School
Board trustees to ban student use of such devices in school classrooms and
    "A province-wide ban on cellphones and other personal electronic devices
would do a great deal to support teaching and learning in our classrooms,"
said ETFO President Emily Noble.
    Noble stressed that cellphones and other personal electronic devices have
no place in Ontario classrooms. "They disrupt classes, distract students and
can lead to cyber bullying and harassment of school staff and students," she
    Noble suggested that the inappropriate use of personal electronic devices
by students should be addressed in school behaviour codes or codes of conduct
as well as in school board policies and procedures.
    "We understand that parents have legitimate concerns about getting in
touch with their children in emergencies. To address this issue, school board
communication policies should include a process to allow parents to contact
students or to allow students to contact a parent or guardian," said Noble.

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents more than
70,000 public elementary school teachers and education workers across Ontario
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (office), (416) 948-0195 (cell)

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