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Spokane School District bans cell phones

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Unlimited cell phone minutes just got a lot more limited in Spokane public schools. The district board of directors voted to ban the use of cell phones during the school day except during emergencies and student lunches.

The board changed the policy after students and teachers complained that some students actually answered phone calls and sent text messages during class periods last year.

A student caught using a phone during class will have their phones confiscated. Only a parent or guardian can retrieve the phone, according to the new policy.
 
Students will be allowed to use phones in emergency situations or when approved by a teacher.
 
The policy takes effect August 27, the first day of the 2009-2010 school year.

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