The Virginia Senate has approved a proposal to empower local school boards to ban or restrict the use of cellphones and other handheld communication devices during regular school hours. The bill, which passed with a vote of 36-3, will require the approval of the House of Delegates and Governor Glenn Youngkin to become law. While the legislation doesn’t explicitly ban cellphones, it allows school systems to make decisions based on their best interests.
Several school divisions in Virginia, including Carroll County and Richmond City Schools, have already implemented restrictions on cellphone use during school hours. Nationally, 76.9% of schools prohibit cellphone use during school hours, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics.