Kids are now allowed to have them on their person. Text in the hallways, lunchroom, and classroom(if the teacher says its ok). They can call and talk on them in the hallway, lunchroom, student resource period(mandatory study hall/free period) and if the teahcer says its ok in class. They said its because its not legal to confiscate personal property from the students and to eleviate conflicts for the staff. I can still ban them from my class, but I can only discipline them for insubordination if they use them. (I'll just be the bad guy, mean teacher, if I do this. The majority of teachers are going to let the kids use them just to avoid arguments) We were also told that we should start using them as a tool in class.