Youngkin calls for public schools to restrict cellphones

Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) signed an executive order Tuesday calling for Virginia’s public schools to restrict or eliminate cellphone use in class, citing poor youth mental health associated with social media use.

The order directs the Virginia Department of Education to develop guidance for school districts to implement a “cell phone-free” environment while keeping protocols in place for children to be able to contact their parents during an emergency situation.

“This essential action will promote a healthier and more focused educational environment where every child is free to learn. Creating cell phone and social media-free educational environments in Virginia’s K-12 education system will benefit students, parents, and educators,” Youngkin said in a statement. “Today’s Executive Order both establishes the clear goal to protect the health and safety of our students by limiting the amount of
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