District and school policies regarding cell phones and the like range from unlimited access to on-campus embargos. Penalties range from warnings to confiscation, detention, fines or suspension for repeat offenders.
At Benicia High School, a first offense for using a phone in class now means confiscation until that Friday at 3 p.m., at which time the student, with a parent, can pick it up from the principal. For a second offense, the device will sit in Jensen’s metal cabinet until the end of the semester. A third offense will keep it there until the end of the year.
Students still can use the phones during lunch and before or after school.
But moms and dads have been the harshest critics… Parents say they want the peace of mind of knowing they can communicate with their children in an emergency. They also want the ability to coordinate schedules on the fly or check on whereabouts.
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