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New Katy ISD policy breaks headlines

Austin Craig

Students and faculty have been shaken after witnessing Katy’s broad new device rule.

Katy ISD has issued that in the 2024-2025 school year, every student will be  provided their own personal Chromebook, and phones will be prohibited on the school campus.  This policy has caused an uproar among the students and faculty, with many concerned about the burden and conflicts this would cause. Katy ISD is adamant that this policy is necessary for the safety and success of its students. 

“I think it is necessary to keep up with the changing times. It is important that everyone has the same access to technology,” said head principal Mark Grisdale.   

Grisdale believes this policy is necessary to ensure students have the same access to technology and opportunities to succeed. He hopes the policy will successfully achieve its goal of providing equitable access to technology. Grisdale also hopes that the policy will help reduce the digital divide, an important indicator of social equity. He hopes it will level the playing field for all students, regardless of their financial background.

“There will be an adjustment period where students will have to give up their cell phones, and some kids will have a hard time adjusting to Chromebooks, but it is the way of the future, so they will have to,” said Grisdale.

The Katy-ISD policy will not be the easiest to apply automatically, but Grisdale believes it will ensure students’ most successful academic achievement.  Grisdale thinks this will benefit students in the long run, as they will develop the skills necessary to succeed in the ever-evolving digital world. Grisdale points out that these skills are essential for success in the job market and that students must be prepared for the digital future. He encourages parents to ensure their children can access the latest technologies and develop the skills to use them.

“ There are always going to be kids who want to do what they want to do; some people also do not want to have a Chromebook and will get one; there also might be problems with students losing their Chromebooks or chargers,” said Grisdale. 

Though there are many benefits to every student having their device, there might be severe pushback from students. To counter this, Grisdale suggests providing students with resources to help them understand the benefits of having their own devices. He also suggests having parents sign an agreement stating they are responsible for ensuring their child’s device is safe.

“I feel like the policy might receive a lot of pushback because people just prefer to bring their own devices because it is more personal to them, ” said sophomore Syeda Ali.

With the rise of online courses and online learning, students have had to learn to navigate new platforms and use new digital tools, and adapt to new technologies. This can be incredibly challenging for students not used to using Chromebooks. Many students will have to break the comfort of having their own personal device to obey the policy.  

“Though this is a new adjustment, I feel like good things could come out of it, like many students will be less distracted and will be more social,” said Ali.

Several conflicts might arise, but there will be good outcomes. As Chromebooks offer a cloud-based environment, students can access any documents and applications they need from any device, making it easier to collaborate and complete tasks. Additionally, Chromebooks are designed to be distraction-free, allowing students to focus on their work without being distracted by other applications or notifications.

“I don’t believe that the policy is that beneficial because many kids need their devices to contact their parents or for personal reasons,” said junior Aliza Rizvi.

Rizvi is firmly opposed to the policy as she thinks many kids find it challenging to contact their parents due to the lack of their devices.  Rizvi believes that students must have access to their devices and should be allowed to use them for personal needs. She also believes students should be allowed to use their devices for school-related activities. She argues that this will give students more flexibility and control over their learning and enable them to use their technology creatively. It will also give students access to more resources, as they can use their own devices to access online materials.

“ I know many kids who might retaliate against the policy because they want their freedom with their devices,” said Rizvi.

A benefit of this policy is that it encourages students to be independent and use their technology, which can help them to become more independent and self-reliant. Additionally, it gives them access to more resources, as they can now use their own devices to access online materials. However, some students may feel that their freedom is being infringed upon, and they may resist the policy.

“ Conflicts may arise in the fact that many kids might have transportation problems such as contacting their parents if they have something after school or an emergency, social issues or even have a hard time adjusting to the new policy,” said Rizvi.

Katy ISD has taken upon a new challenge among themselves as many students may retaliate or protest; however, if the policy is followed correctly and implemented, it could create excellent academic outcomes for many students. 

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    Rafa cruzApr 17, 2024 at 2:01 pm

    If anything happens students won’t be able to contact their parents/guardians. There would be to many kids for admin to contact each parent. The wifi isn’t strong enough for the whole school to be on it. The computers will start to glitch and work slow that student won’t be able to get there work done cuz the computers will be working slow

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    GraceApr 16, 2024 at 5:11 pm

    About time. Phones are nothing more than a distraction in the classroom

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    Bob ertApr 1, 2024 at 7:47 pm

    How is completely banning cell phone usage “necessary for the safety” of students? Who gave the quote for this article? Did they even bother to read the given question? Or is that the best response they could pull out the deep side of their bottom?

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      D. TXApr 17, 2024 at 7:40 pm

      Maybe the people who don’t share concerns about child safety should not be speaking where there are parents who have dealt directly with missing children or feel a sense of security by having access to their child by these technological advantages. Are we supposed to just roll back to a former time when we trusted the scholars and institutions to do right by our children? the pedophiles? the abusers? In the same city with the highest rate of sex trafficking? No thanks! You want us to give up our advantages without any consideration of consequences? I say find another way!

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    DatMar 29, 2024 at 12:22 am

    I applaud Katy ISD. Banning phones is not new. Schools that have banned phones have had great results. Kids are less distracted and exam scores are up. This has been proven time and time again. What’s interesting is that the initial pushback is predictable (“We need our phones!”), but once kids actually start experiencing school life without phones, they end up discovering that they love it. The kids love it, the teachers love it, everyone loves it. A lot of us just think that we need our phones, but we don’t realize how happier we are without them.

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    pookieMar 11, 2024 at 2:51 pm

    It was a great story, such a slay!!

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    alexa whippersnapperMar 8, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    i absolutely agree this shouldn’t be happening at all because it’s very bad and it shouldn’t be happening

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    naseeraMar 8, 2024 at 11:45 am

    elia is so slay

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    StratMar 5, 2024 at 6:47 pm

    Something in this line of reasoning is lost on me.. that kids shouldn’t struggle because they lack technology, sure 100% agreed, so provide a Chromebook, fine. We use windows at home, what’s the plan, no homework on windows OS? Don’t need, nor want a Chromebook, thanks, just one more thing to carry around, or lose, or have stolen?

    On phones, you got me! What has this got to do with phones? As noted, kids these days do many afterschool activities, I just can’t imagine how a parent would know to pick a kid up at 22:00 or later when band returns from a game? That’s just one after school activity. Perhaps I misread, so apologies if I missed or misunderstood a point in the plan somewhere….

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    Edward HocheckerMar 1, 2024 at 9:28 am

    I absolutely agree cell phones are a problem, but we have to work around it….only if it never happens…so like the olden days all emergency calls go through the office…heaven forbid a school shooting…..phones are here work around it……