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Tazewell County, Va. (WVVA)--A new pilot policy allows high school students to bring their cell phones into the classroom.

The Tazewell County Board of Education voted to suspend the current policy at Graham, Richlands, and Tazewell high schools.

Under the new guidelines, students can use the devices between classes, in the hallways, lunchroom, or gymnasium. They can even use their cell phones in the classroom if the teacher allows it.

The old policy required students to leave cell phones in their lockers or vehicles during the instructional day.

"It is time, in my opinion, that our outdated policy be revised to match the world in which we live.  Cell phones are a part of our daily lives, and a part of our student's daily lives.  This policy realizes that and allows usage in a controlled manner," says David Woodard, Tazewell County School Board.

Woodard says it is not the intent of the board to allow cell phone usage in all classrooms.  However, it is permissible for a teacher to allow limited use of cell phones for instructional purpose. The teacher may set up a deposit area (such as a hanging shoe rack) for the students to place their phones in during class. 

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