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LISD now allowing students to have cell phones in school

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Residents that attended the first panther community forum Tuesday night were introduced to a new technology program at Lufkin High School that allows students to use their smart phones on campus.           

"We didn't invent the wheel," Principal Mark Smith said. "We took some policies that would fit ours."

It's known simply as B.Y.O.D, or Bring Your Own Device.

The school district now allows students to use phones at lunch and in between classes, as long as it is in a tasteful nature.

"Our phones are a part of our lifestyle now," Lufkin junior Hannah Abner said. "They are faster and it definitely helps us."

"It really helps us with respect, because you won't be as worried about your phone if you know you can use it later," Lufkin senior Marie Nickle said.

The students have used the program with few incidents.

"It's made our jobs easy as administrators," Smith said. "It's allowed us to be in the classroom."

Last year at this time, the school confiscated about 20 phones. This year they have confiscated three.

The school sees educational potential, letting teachers decide on how devices can be used in the class room.

"We can research on our phone in class," Lufkin junior Jaylyn Mask said. "We don't have to use the slow laptops, so our cell phones make it faster you can say."

"I use mine in my English class," Lufkin senior Samuel Phillips said. "We are writing over the death penalty right now, so it really helps out to look for information on different resources."

At the end of the semester the district will look at any changes that need to be made, but educators believe programs like this are here to stay.

"I think the trend will continue with resources that schools have," said Smith.

The district also has an educational pilot program at the middle school in the magnet science class, and at Brandon elementary.

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