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New legislation could allow Virginia schools to ban cellphones

Legislation was passed through the Virginia State Senate yesterday that would allow school districts to ban cell phones during school hours.

The bill still requires the approval of the House of Delegates and Governor Glenn Youngkin before going into effect.

Several school divisions around the state and 76.9% of schools nationally have prohibited cell phone use during the school day according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Pouch pilot programs have been launched in Richmond which allows students to place their phone in a locked pouch that is then unlocked at the end of the day.

The topic was discussed at a national level after Senators Tim Kaine of Virginia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas introduced a bill to study cell phone use in the classroom in November.

The legislation would also require $25 million in funding for five years of a pilot pouch program.

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