CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Students at the Parkway School District will no longer have to put their phones away in class.
The district is one of the first in the area to change its policy about using personal electronics at school.
The district decided this week to allow students to use WiFi-capable mobile devices, including laptops, netbooks, tablets, eReaders, smart phones, or similar devices in the classroom. These rule changes will go into effect after Thanksgiving Break, according to district officials.
Under the new policy, teachers will be allowed to tell students to put away the devices if they are not being used for school-related work.
The district's "Campus Technology Access" handbook states: "The classroom teacher has the final say. If a classroom teacher asks students not to use their technology devices, then students should follow those directions. Access is only available, not guaranteed, for each classroom situation."