News CRACKING DOWN ON CELL PHONES AT CPS SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Friday, Feb. 8th, 2019 Photo credit: DSB1 Cell phone use will dominate discussion at a Cochrane Public School parent advisory committee meeting on Monday night. Administration is looking for input into how best enforce the school board policy, which bans cell phones in classrooms from junior kindergarten to grade 12. Grades 4 to 8 have been of particular concern recently. Superintendent of schools Kristen Niemi says the phones are disruptive, distracting and unnecessary in class. “DSB1 (District School Board Ontario North East) has a one-to-one ipad program for all Grade 5 to 12 students, and therefore we do not see a great need for student use of their personal devices, because they have an ipad available at all times,” Niemi notes. What if a child needs to call home? “The procedure that’s in place in both the board policy and the school’s student handbook is that if a student needs to contact home, then they are welcome to come to the office and use the courtesy phone to contact home.” Photo credit: clipart-library.com At a parent advisory council meeting Mon., Feb. 11, the school will ask for input into how best enforce the board policy. “They are looking at revising the wording in the handbook, still to support the board policy,” according to the superintendent. “However, they would like to get feedback from parents and families about the specific strategies that they’re going to put into place to support the board policy.” The Monday meeting starts at 6:00pm in the high school library.