No cell phones in classrooms next school year for Ontario

Come September – the new school year students attending schools in Ontario will not be allowed to have their phones during instructional time. 

Lisa Thompson, education minister said in a statement on Tuesday that a formal announcement will be coming soon.

“Ontario’s students need to be able to focus on their learning — not their cellphones. By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need, like reading, writing and math,” the statement read. 

There will, however be exceptions for teachers who want to use cellphones as part of their lesson, for medical reasons and students with special needs.