In Winsted, Connecticut, the Regional School District No. 7 lets middle and high school students use smartphones during the day for both educational and social reasons. They also have outdoor courtyards.
This cell phone policy may be a little unusual, as most school districts have restrictions on personal use. But Winsted students can use their phones to look up information during class and for web-based assignments. They’re also allowed to use them for personal reasons during breaks.
“We were early adopters of allowing students to use their phones. Initially, some staff members were a bit apprehensive, but that was short-lived. That speaks volumes about our culture.” – Judy Palmer, district superintendent.