No-phone zone

NPHS introduces a new no-phone policy


Jakob Fisher

Illustration of girl with phone, courtesy of Editorial Cartoonist, Jakob Fisher.

Aspen Nelson, Sports Editor

“If I was the president I would come to this school and get rid of the phone policy as my first order of business,” said senior Tanner Ruda.

In the 2019-2020 school year, a new no-phone policy at North Platte High School is being enforced in the classrooms. “It is an opportunity to put it away for a little bit and focus on yourselves,” said Scott Siegel, the principal at NPHS. 

Siegel always wants what is best for all students and is the voice behind the new policy. He said, “It is an attempt to show some kindness because it is hard for us to be kind to ourselves when we are constantly distracted by things.” 

Siegel knows that there are some downfalls to the new policy. “When you implement something, it’s not perfect,” he said. “Ideally, it is as consistent as possible from teacher to teacher but I don’t doubt that there are some breakdowns here and there.”

The concern of the phone policy came from the teachers themselves, so they are all supporting it. “I am on board with the phone policy,” said Heather Collen, a teacher at NPHS. “I think it is a good way to teach responsibility because figuring it out by yourselves wasn’t really working.”  

Collen hopes to see her students being more involved without having their phones in class. “I think the overall goal is to help with engagement,” she said. 

Some teachers, like Jason Drake, may follow the policy but have different opinions on it.  “I think cellphones are going to be part of a culture from here on out so we have to learn to adapt to that culture,” said Drake. 

Drake thinks there is good use to them in a learning environment and taking them away takes learning away from students. “The bad thing is you don’t get to use all the tools that you have to learn,” Drake said. “We have to adapt to use it as a learning tool.” 

I think that phones benefit us but I also think you get more work done without your phones. ”

— Mia Dugan

 As a student at NPHS, senior Mia Dugan is adapting to the new policy. “I thought it was going to be terrible but its not that bad,” said Dugan. “I think that phones benefit us but I also think you get more work done without your phones.” 

For Kolten Tilford, a freshman at NPHS, the policy is understandable. Tilford said, ”I can see why the teachers get the phone policy because these days the phones are kind of a distraction.”

As for Drue Huntsman, also a freshman at NPHS, the policy doesn’t change his actions. “I don’t really like it,” said Huntsman, “I don’t put my phone up, I just keep it on silent.” 

 “I wouldn’t want anyone to ever let a thing, whether its a cellphone or anything else, get in the way of their success and their happiness,” said Siegel.