Electronic devices are banned from being in use during school at Papillion Lavista South according to the handbook. Once you step inside the school, you're supposed to put the devices away until the bell rings at 3:20. If they're used during the school day, they are subject to confiscation.
Some teachers are more strict than others when it concerns electronic devices being used during the day, but the fact still remains that there is a belief that students will either cheat or will become too distracted if they were allowed to use them throughout the day.
Teachers and parents should trust students to make the right decisions when it comes to their cell phones, iPods, etc. Allowing students to use them throughout the day when a teacher says it's ok to use them would alleviate the amount of students who get office referrals for their cell phones being in use. Students wouldn't have to hide using their cell phone, and a greater trust between the teacher and the student would be established.
Music in the classroom would be essential. Some students focus better while listening to music and doing their homework. Allowing them to listen to their iPods, mp3 players, or other forms of music would help students focus more on the task at hand and would lessen the amount of people who were talking while they were supposed to be working. Most students have such a hectic schedule that they already multi-task while doing their homework at home, so allowing them to listen to their music while in school would not be harmful to their grades or getting their homework done.
Teachers at Papillion Lavista South should have confidence in their students to make the right decisions instead of making strict guidelines about electronic devices in school that only create a bigger problem when they are banned from being in use.