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Lifting of cell phone ban in NYC schools in effect Monday

Posted at 12:36 PM, Mar 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-01 12:35:18-05

(PIX11) — New York City students will no longer need to hide or pay to store their phones beginning Monday, when the ban on cell phones in schools will officially be lifted.

The ban, put in place by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, required cell phones and other devices like tablets to be left at home. The rule was enforced inconsistently.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised the end to the ban during his 2013 mayoral campaign and proposed the policy change on Jan. 7.

“Parents should be able to call or text their kids,” he said.

Educators have expressed concerns regarding the lifting of the ban, saying that it could pose as a distraction in the classroom or serve as a catalyst for cyberbullying.