Aug 20, 2014 9:37 PM by Tina Macias
A ban against student cell phones at Lafayette Parish schools is still intact, after the Lafayette Parish School Board voted down a new policy in a 4-5 vote.
Tommy Angelle, Shelton Cobb, Kermit Bouillion and Mark Cockerham voted for the new policy. Rae Trahan, Greg Awbrey, Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion voted against.
The current policy prohibits all students from using cell phones or having them "visible or audible" during the school day.
The new, rejected policy would have banned phones at elementary schools, and would have lifted some of the ban at high and middle school campuses.
Board members against the new policy said the changes would have been "unmanageable" and argued that the ban should be lifted for all students or none.
The policies would have allowed middle schoolers to have phones during during school hours unless permitted by an administrator.
High school students would have been allowed to use phones before and after school, but would have been required to turn off their phones inside of school, unless permitted by an administrator or teacher.
Carencro High School Principal Ken Roebuck said all high school principals met on this issue and were favor of students using phones in class as a learning tool, with teacher permission.
Cell phone use would still have been prohibited on school buses.
To see the current and rejected proposal, click here: http://esb.lpssonline.com/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=9495&mtgId=759