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Photo Essay: Boys’ varsity tennis sweeps Archie Williams in MCAL semifinals
Photo Essay: Boys’ varsity tennis sweeps Archie Williams in MCAL semifinals
Molly Gallagher April 18, 2024

On Wednesday, April 17, the boys’ varsity tennis team dominated their match against Archie Williams in the semi-finals of the Marin County...

Photo Essay: Girls’ varsity lacrosse dominates Branson in a sentimental senior day matchup
Photo Essay: Girls’ varsity lacrosse dominates Branson in a sentimental senior day matchup
Emma Rosenberg and Penelope Trott April 18, 2024

On April 18, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team battled against the Branson Bulls in a blowout senior day matchup. Prior to the start of...

 embracing his coach senior Auden Braden celebrates his final MCAL regular season game
Boys’ volleyball dominates Marin Catholic on Senior Night
Richard Byrne April 18, 2024

On April 17th, the boys’ varsity volleyball team faced off against Marin Catholic (MC) in a Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) game. The...

New cell phone policy: is it the right call?

Cell phones are something that almost everyone has at all times, for better or worse. They allow people to gain knowledge, communicate with others and are a source of entertainment. Most importantly, they can help people receive aid in emergency situations. However, with the new cell phone policy, how can students contact family members or receive immediate help during emergencies? 

It is essential that the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) allows students to have possession of their phones in class for use in emergency situations. In many schools, including Redwood, before the phone policy was implemented, it was typical for students to have their phone with them during class but not be permitted to use it. This type of situation is perfect for students as they can communicate with family members during an emergency situation but still have the same ‘no phone usage during class’ restrictions that will keep them focused on their academics. Having access to phones is crucial for the safety of students.

Many students believe that their phones shouldn’t be taken away because of potential emergencies that can happen at any given moment.

Illustration by Lauren Olsen

That being said, some people claim that cell phones shouldn’t even be banned in the first place. Lexi Lonas, author for The Hill, argues that bans don’t teach children how to use cell phones responsibly or solve the primary problem.

Banning cell phones isn’t justified in the first place, so why should the threat of emergencies be completely overlooked? Just recently, the TUHSD started requiring all classrooms to have phone jails solely for the goal of a greater academic focus. But, they didn’t even address the fact that emergency situations could be potential oversights to the new policy.

Throughout my experience at Redwood, prior to the phone jail restrictions, I haven’t seen any major reason that should result in phones being taken away at the beginning of every class. The only issue faced with access to cell phones during class time was the small number of students using the internet during instructional time. However, that should not be the reason to mandate a cell phone policy in every classroom.

While rare, emergencies can happen at any moment on any given day. If there is a sudden earthquake and a warning is sent to students’ phones, the class may be unprepared. This could be incredibly dangerous, especially in the Bay Area, as earthquakes occur quickly and frequently. 

Some people may argue that students can get their phones quickly in the rare case of an emergency, but students shouldn’t feel pressured to sprint to their phones just to feel safe in the first place. They should have a right to contact their family members to let them know what is going on immediately as a disaster occurs.

Students would benefit from having their phones in their own possession in an emergency, therefore the TUHSD must change the cell phone policy.

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Henrik Vraanes
Henrik Vraanes, Sports Editor-On-Call
Henrik Vraanes is a junior at Redwood High School. He is the sports editor-on-call for the Redwood Bark. He enjoys golfing and hanging out with friends.