School Policies Under Review for Merged System

School Policies Under Review for Merged System

The three year plan to merge Memphis and Shelby County schools is in the home stretch. Members of the Unified School Board are getting ready to deal with procedures and policies, since they were different in both systems.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The three year plan to merge Memphis and Shelby County schools is in the home stretch. Members of the Unified School Board are getting ready to deal with procedures and policies, since they were different in both systems.

Call it the ABC policy in Memphis City Schools: Anything But Cellphones. For years city school students have been told not to bring that iPhone or Android in the building, which makes sense for some parents.

"I don't think they should be allowed to have cellphones because it will distract them from their work. I mean, they can have them, but not use them - just for emergency only," said parent Vanessa Lewis.

Shelby County allows them, but they must be stored in lockers. That makes sense to mom Hope Clippinger, who has a handful of little ones to handle.

"At this age no, I don't think they need them in school. I do have a high-schooler that I think needs it, especially after school when she does club activities. She needs to know when I'm going to be there and I'm going to need to know where she stands," she said.

Changes are coming, according to board member Martavius Jones. He voted against cellphones in Memphis City Schools once.

"I think it's an evolution that has taken place," he said. "I think it was the right thing to do then. But I think we're looking at the current situation and making adjustments accordingly."

If you're a believer in giving a kid a good rap across the knuckles or paddling a student's backside, you're not alone. The Shelby County school system allows corporal punishment, although there have been no reports of teachers physically punishing a Shelby County student in decades.

Still, Jones said, "I think the recommendation is going to be to not allow it."

The board will meet Tuesday night to go over these issues.

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