California high school has new approach when it comes to using phones

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SAN MATEO, CA (WILX) -- It's no secret we're immersed in our technology, but one high school in California is taking a new approach when it comes to allowing students to use their phones.

Free at last after going seven hours without their cell phones. These students are finally reuniting with their screens.

San Mateo High School is implementing a new program this year to prevent students from using their phones the entire school day. It was launched after administrators say a pattering of phones preventing learning.

"We could walk in to a variety of classrooms and kids would be on their cell phones anywhere from five seconds ..checking a text to 30-45 minutes at a time," Adam Gelb, San Mateo High School assistant principal, said.

Each morning, students put their phones in a Yondr pouch that's sealed with a magnet and the students keep it with them. At the end of the school the unseal the pouch using a specific device.

The cost of the program is $20,000, which was paid for by using a grant.

Teachers say they've already seen a different with more attentive students. The teenagers have mixed feelings.

"I think lunch time it should be allowed its your free time to do what you want," Kaveela Blackwell, a student said.

"At first I was skeptical but now I like it because it makes students socialize more amongst each other and teachers say students are talking to each other more rather than being zoned out on their phones," a student said.

A new tool helping teach students the benefits of a break from technology.

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