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July 21st, 2022

Dear Parents,

Over the past few years, cell phones and other electronic devices (smart watches, headphones) have become an issue during the school day.  These devices hinder the ability of our students to learn in the school setting.  

Please know that our district understands that you may desire the ability for your child to be able to communicate with you at a moment’s notice.  We, too, are parents and respect that concern.  However, we must protect our learning environment and keep it free from disruption.  

Due to our desire to improve the educational environment and learning outcomes for our students, cellphones will not be allowed during school hours.  Phones and all other electronic devices must be turned off and placed in a backpack or a student’s pocket for the duration of the school day.  There is no educational tool that our children need since we are providing each student with a Chromebook.   While students can wear smart watches, they should not use them for any reason other than checking the time.  

As we mentioned above, we respect your desire to want to be able to communicate with your child, if needed.  Please know that you can contact the high school office and we will make sure you child gets any message that you need to be communicated to them.  

While we understand that some may view this in a negative manner, we hope that you will agree that a cellphone free school will create a better learning environment for our students.

Marked Tree School District