Union Parish schools ban smart phones, printed shirts, hoodies

2022-06-19 01:32:17 By : Mr. Daosen Liao

The Union Parish school district has announced that, effective immediately, smartphones, smart watches and other electronic communication devices and certain items of clothing will not be allowed in Union Parish High School.

In a post on the district's Facebook page, students in grades 6-12 will not be permitted to use "cell phones, ear buds, air pods, bluetooth headphones, or smart watches" at the school during the school day "for ANY reason."

"Cell phones may be left at home or in cars," the post read.

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“During class, students may NOT use their phones for calculators, checking the time, reading a book, checking their grades, or for any other reason,” the post read. “If there is a medical reason to use a cell phone, that may be allowed per a 504 or health plan, with prior approval. Phones will not be allowed during P.E., recess, class change, or lunch. Students will NOT be allowed to use phones in the hallway or restroom.”

The post went on to say that "hundreds" of phones being used by students put them at risk for a list of undesirable consequences, including:

The post also announced that certain items of clothing were banned, "for safety reasons," including hoods (defined as "hooded sweatshirts or jackets/coats with hoods"), hats, caps and beanies.

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 "Students can only wear plain black, orange, white, or gray sweatshirts with no hoods," the post read. "The only approved printing on sweatshirts will be the Union Parish high logo or an approved UPHS team or club emblem."

Head coverings are not allowed to be worn by students in any buildings during the school day. Students may only bring clear backpacks or handbags to school, with the exception of small cosmetic bags.

"Thank you for your support as we strive to educate your child in a safe environment that is free from distractions," the post read.