A UISD school has modified its policy regarding cellphones after a mother’s concerns made the rounds on social media.

Irene Antu stated her kid’s school, Trautmann Elementary, needed to remove her cellphone, which she believes is a vital instrument in case of any emergency like a mass taking pictures.

The mum or dad turned alarmed on the truth she obtained a consent kind asking dad and mom to signal it and consent to the kid turning of their cellphone each day to the instructor, whereas they’d lock them away. After she despatched the consent kind again with a big handwritten remark, the school introduced the reversal of the policy Friday. 

“I can not consent to this,” Antu wrote on the shape. “In gentle of latest public tragedies which have occurred so near our group, I would favor my little one have entry to a cellphone always. I belief that my little one is greater than succesful and accountable sufficient to maintain it turned off and in her backpack throughout instruction time.”

The mom added that if the cellphone was turned on throughout an unreasonable time and disrupted instruction time, she would settle for a advantageous. However she felt taking away the kid’s cellphone was counterproductive to her having one for emergency functions. 

“I used to be simply actually involved after I noticed that they have been going to take my little one’s cellphone away, as a result of I’ve been maintaining with the information and I do see that there have been a whole lot of tragedies near our group and all over the nation,” Antu stated. “In the event you have a look at these conditions — for instance, Uvalde — it’s actually the children that have been contacting regulation enforcement, as they have been calling 911 from the classroom and asking for assist. I feel that is essential…as a result of issues have modified in our nation, sadly, we do see a whole lot of mass shootings and conditions the place our youngsters are in hassle.”

In response to Antu, a lot of these conditions are the entire purpose she purchased her daughter a cellphone. She stated with the cellphone, she is aware of her daughter now has entry to her at any time — particularly throughout an emergency. 

On Friday, UISD Communication Specialist Jose Sanchez introduced the school had reversed its determination to remove the cellphone in the event that they have been utilizing it responsibly. 

“Trautmann Elementary did ship to oldsters the letter that was shared on social media,” Sanchez stated. “As a result of present occasions, nevertheless, the school’s administration has revisited their policy and determined to permit college students to maintain their cellphones of their backpacks turned off, as per the earlier rule. Whereas UISD’s first duty is educating the kids of our group, we take the safety and well-being of everybody who enters our campuses and places of work very significantly, particularly our college students.”

Antu stated on the second day of school and following her touch upon the consent kind, the instructor “didn’t object” and added “when it got here time to select up the cellphones, she allowed my little one to show her cellphone off and maintain it in her backpack, as of my notice.”

Antu stated she hopes different dad and mom know that is another choice as an alternative of simply consenting to have their youngsters’s telephones taken away. She is glad the instructor was very accommodating to her relating to the cellphone however hopes different dad and mom additionally know they will do that to allow them to really feel a bit bit safer as their youngsters attend school. 

“My little one is a fifth grader. She is accountable and is aware of when to make use of her cellphone and when to not use it,” Antu stated. “I do know that she is not going to use it for leisure functions throughout school, as she is nicely conscious that it is just for the utilization of an emergency, particularly throughout school hours. I simply felt that I wanted to convey this consciousness to different dad and mom that we should always have the choice.”

Antu obtained assist on social media following the publish. 

“Many instances we predict that if we don’t converse up we is perhaps thought-about loopy or controversial, like she stated in her case, however actually we should do it as a result of it’s the safety of our youngsters that we’re speaking right here,” Ashley Lopez stated. “Additionally, a toddler having a cellphone is a lot better because it helps the instructor as nicely each time they is perhaps damage or away from the affected class website.”

“Now we have seen what occurred in Uvalde how each second counts, and picture a scholar seeing one thing occur and reporting it shortly to the authorities earlier than any taking pictures happens can assist save lives and make school zones a lot safer,” Cassandra Bustamante stated. “Cellphones aren’t dangerous expertise if used for the great causes.”

Antu was very stunned to see the optimistic suggestions she obtained from a number of dad and mom expressing their assist for her trigger. She stated she felt a bit nervous to see her little one return to school this week on account of mass shootings across the nation, however she feels if faculties permit them to have this further instrument of precaution, lives will be saved.

“I really feel very supported, and I really feel like that my concerns are validated, as a result of different dad and mom … are realizing that their youngsters want entry to a cellphones in case of an emergency,” Antu stated. “I don’t object to a advantageous if my little one is utilizing it inappropriately, and I’m positive different dad and mom really feel that as nicely.

“The telephones must be out there to the kid in case of an emergency.”

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