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Vineland school board considers changing cell phone policy

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The Vineland Board of Education is considering changing their cell phone policy after parents were informed their students could face suspension just for bringing their phones to school.

The current policy states that students may not bring their cell phones on school grounds.

If they do, the policy says they face detention for their first offense and up to ten days suspension for their fifth offense.

Opponents call the current policy –which includes pagers-- out of date, and say during an emergency situation, having cell phones in the building could help get crucial information to first responders.

That’s why members of the school board have fast-tracked a revised cell phone policy.

"I want to have a policy that reflects a careful measurement between safety, functional use, and then move into the 21st century and embrace the technologies that we have that can actually be used for educational purposes," said school board member and police officer Thomas Ulrich.

The board of education discussed changing the policy Wednesday night.

According to board members, a committee is working on drafts of new policy that would loosen cell phone restrictions.

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