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Posted on: July 15, 2022

New Cell Phone Policy


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Technology is a part of our world, both at home and school. At Macomb schools we are fortunate to have a plethora of technology which allows us to address the educational needs of our students. Our school provides alternative devices such as laptops and iPads for learning. While we recognize that cell phones are a part of our everyday lives, they are not a necessary requirement to meet the daily curricular outcomes of school. In fact, cell phones are often a distraction to our students’ ability to engage in their learning and a distraction to other students as well. In order to support student learning, the cell phone expectation at Macomb School District #185 is that all students, pre-k through grade 8 will not have cell phones in our classrooms and will leave their phones in their lockers when they are brought to school. This policy was already in place through grade 6 and as we transition to a new middle school model, we find it beneficial to extend the policy through grade 8. The cell phones are to remain in the locker until the end of the school day. If parents need to reach their child due to an emergency, please call the office of the building your child attends. Students contacting parents needs to be consistent. Students will ask teachers before they contact parents when they are ill, upset or require something. Teachers will assist students in contacting home through the classroom/office phone. We appreciate your cooperation as we prepare for a new and exciting school year!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Patrick M. TwomeyEd.D., Superintendent

Macomb School District 185

323 West Washington Street

Macomb, Illinois 61455


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