Earlier this year, the Government of Ontario announced that a province-wide ban on cellphones in the classroom is coming soon and today, Ontario’s Minister of Education has confirmed that the use of cellphones and other personal mobile devices in classrooms will be restricted starting November 4, 2019.
The restriction will apply to instructional time at school, although exceptions will be allowed if the use of cellphones is required for health and medical purposes, to support special education needs, or for educational purposes.
Over 97% of parents, students, and teachers, who participated in a consultation on education reform in fall 2018, suggested the restriction of cell phones in classrooms. In response, the Provincial Code of Conduct has now been updated to include this restriction:
“When in class, students should be focused on their studies, not their social media,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “That’s why we are restricting cellphones and other personal mobile devices in the classroom, while making sure technology is available to help students achieve success in the digital economy and modern workforce.”
The restriction on cellphones and other personal mobile devices is part of the government’s plan Education That Works for You, that will improve learning, enhance classrooms, and empower the educators.