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Wake County Schools' New Cell Phone Policy Takes Effect July 1

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Parents' wishes will win out over possible distractions in the classroom.

Should schools ban cell phones? Yes, otherwise students will use them during the school day and become disruptive. No, but they should make it policy that they can only be used before or after school.

Starting July 1, the Wake County school board will allow students to carry cell phones on school property, but the phones will have to be turned off and hidden. The decision reverses the school system's eight-year ban on wireless communication devices.

Parents asked the school board to allow students to have the phones in case of an emergency.

The new policy also includes pagers and two-way radios.

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