ATTN PARENTS & GUARDIANS

Cell Phone Policy Update
No Phone

In 2018-19, we will expand our use of  “Yondr” cell phone pouches in all core classes to improve teaching and learning by making those classrooms a phone-free zone.

The way Yondr works is simple.  When students arrive into class, they will place their phones in an assigned Yondr cellphone case.  The case locks and the student keeps their case with them.  Students maintain possession of their cellphones throughout the class, but they will not be able to use them until they are unlocked at the end of the period.  

Yondr is already used by hundreds of middle and high schools, corporations and artists across the world to improve focus, production and the overall human experience of its users.

We piloted this program during the end of the 2017-18 school year in our math classes with success and are excited to see similar positive results in our other classes.

 We understand cellphones have great utility, but we’re learning cellphone and headphone use has increasingly become a source of distraction and poor behavior. Their use, we’ve found, negatively impacts learning Madison High School.

This is not a concern limited to Madison High School.

​​According to a recent national survey, 50 percent of teens said they felt addicted to their mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agreed that their kids have a problem putting their devices down. In 2017, a University of Texas at Austin study concluded that “the mere presence of cellphones reduces available cognitive capacity.”

We want to assure families that you can always reach your student as you have in the past, by calling the main office at 248-548-1800. We recommend adding this number to your contact list for easy access.