Lincoln Public Schools' students have been warned to put that cell phone down or risk having it taken away. Wanting to send a message at the start of the school year, students were informed to turn off their phones.
At Lincoln North Star High School, principal Vann Price laid down the law. If you talk on your cell phone in class, there will be consequences. "On the first offense, the cell phone is confiscated by the teacher." The punishment gets harsher if there are more violations. If there's a third offense, Price said the phone is confiscated until the end of the semester. They even put it in a safe.
Cell phones may be used during lunch period and in between classes.
School administrators say they even see students in second and third grade carrying around cell phones. They know it's impractical not to allow them so they try to keep it under control.
While rules vary somewhat from school to school, it's clear the schools want plenty of quiet and less distractions so teaching and learning can take place.