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High School Locks Up Cell Phones Hoping For More Attentive, Less Isolated Students

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San Mateo High School will lock up students' cell phones beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. (Photo: Edward Huang)

In an attempt to get students to pay more attention to schoolwork and the non-virtual world, San Mateo High School will be locking up cellphones for the full school day beginning next year. Officials in other schools that have adopted the policy say phone-free kids are more attentive in class and less socially isolated, but some students complain the policy is too strict and penalizes those who use their devices responsibly. This segment is part of KQED’s “Youth Takeover,” a week featuring stories developed and produced with high school students from across the Bay Area.


Adam Gelb, assistant principal, San Mateo High School

Arienne Adamcikova, teacher, San Mateo High School

Carissa Chen, sophomore, San Mateo High School

Michiaki Sato, sophomore, San Mateo High School

Edward Huang, sophomore, San Mateo High School


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