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Robo Call Says Some Springfield Students Can’t Bring Cellphones to School


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Some parents of Forest Park Middle School students spent Friday morning a little confused. Some say they got a robo call from the principal Thursday night, that students could no longer bring their cellphones to school. “The principal was acting proactively with principals across the district. Something many principals were thinking about as we go into MCAS next week. And that is making sure that students are adhering to the cellphone policy, which basically says cell phones cannot be out during the school day,” said Azell Cavaan, spokeswoman for Springfield Public Schools.

Ahead of the MCAS, schools are trying to curb those kinds of distractions.

The principal put out a second robo call Friday afternoon, clarifying students are allowed to bring their cells, but not have them on during the academic day. “He gets to the house after school. We want him to call us and let us know that he’s ok. It’s not ok if they use it inside the classroom. It’s not respectful. I’m not ok with it,” parent Roberto Zeno stated.

“Kids are kids, and cellphones are very enticing and tempting, and sometimes during those hours cellphones come out,” added Cavaan.

Students are allowed to have their phones out before or after school, and during afterschool activities, if the person who is supervising allows it.

A link to Springfield Public School’s cellphone policy can be found here.

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