Western Slope School District considers banning cell phones

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Should Cell Phones be allowed in schools?

That's what people are talking about after one Western Slope School District is considering banning them.

A Durango School District is looking at a cell phone ban that will stop students from using their phones at all during school hours.

While in Grand Junction, a total ban may not be high on local school radars, D-51 cell phone policies vary by school.

Some people think they're distractions and others think they're needed for safety.

Officials with Juniper Ridge say they have some of the more strict cell phone rules. All of their students phones must be off, and put in their backpacks for the entire day.

"We want our children to be in class, we want them to present and learning and part of life. We want them to be paying attention to the teacher, we want them to be getting all the education that they can get,” says Juniper Ridge Community School Brenda Chesney.

"For instance, if a school shooting happens, and they ban cell phones, who's going to call for help. Who's going to call their parents, and let them know that you're okay. They can't do that without their phones,” says one Grand Junction Resident.

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