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Glen Ellyn District 41 continues to gather input on technology policy

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:41 p.m. CDT
(Evan Shields - eshields@shawmedia.com)
Community members met Wednesday at Hadley Junior High to discuss District 41's technology policy.

GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education is closer to developing a new technology policy after two sessions seeking public input.

The district hosted its second of three listening sessions Wednesday night at Hadley Junior High School. Parents, teachers, students, board members and administrators attended.

The board previously decided to completely rewrite its existing technology guidelines after three Forest Glen Elementary School students accessed pornographic websites on district grounds in April.

Board members had varying ideas on what the policy should entail and wanted input from parents. The final session is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday.

One board member proposal included not allowing students to bring their own personal devices to school. District parent Kim Lutz agreed with the sentiment, saying students used to not have their phones out in class.

"What has changed in the classroom that they need to have their phones?" she said.

Another issue brought up by session participants included providing technology training for parents and teachers. Parent Nika Johnson said this would be useful because of how quickly technology changes.

"No one, even the teachers, are scrambling to find the right thing for the students," she said.

The board will have the policy written by its meeting Aug. 11 and want to approve it before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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