How Dana Hall School avoids cellphone distractions

Middle School students at Dana Hall School in Wellesley have a new routine before they get down to school work: They deposit their cellphones into these new and nicely decorated boxes, known as the cell phone station.

According to Kelly Walsh, assistant director of the Middle School, this policy was implemented to encourage students to be present, with each other and their teachers, during the academic day, and not distracted by their phones. It’s not a punishment, she adds.

As for teachers, they keep their phones with them as part the campus safety and emergency communication plan.

Over at Wellesley Middle School, students are supposed to put their electronic devices in their lockers during the school day or risk getting them confiscated, according to the student handbook.

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