Should the St. Joseph School District tighten its mobile device policy, most students would continue to be allowed to access devices for emergency communications during class times.

The issue at hand, SJSD leaders have explained, is the distraction posed by the use of a cell phone, or (ever-increasingly) a smartwatch paired with the cell phone hidden away. Students who are using their issued laptops can be monitored to make sure they’re staying on task and completing electronic exercises and assignments.

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