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Decatur schools to allow cell phones kept in lockers, vehicles

The Decatur school board approved a policy Tuesday allowing students to have cell phones and other electronic devices on campus, but they must be keep them in lockers or their vehicles.

At its November meeting, the board received a proposed policy that would allow students to have cell phones as long as they were turned off. School administrators complained, however, that this would make student access too easy. Superintendent Sam Houston said he made adjustments to the proposal after talking to some teachers.

Previously, the state banned cell phones and similar electronic devices in public schools, but the state Legislature recently passed a law allowing local school boards to set rules on the use of such devices on school property.

- Bayne Hughes

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