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Fredericktown Local Schools Considering Cell Phone Ban to Enhance Learning Environment

In a move to enhance student engagement and academic focus, Fredericktown Local Schools is considering a new policy that restricts the use of cell phones by students during school hours starting with the 2024-2025 school year.

Extensive research indicates that cell phone usage in schools can negatively impact student performance and mental health. Studies have shown that cell phones distract students from classroom instruction, leading to smaller learning gains and lower test scores. Furthermore, increased cell phone use has been linked to higher levels of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders among children.

The new cell phone policy would apply to all students while on school property during school hours.  

Grades 6-12: Students are prohibited from using cell phones between 7:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
Grades K-5: Students are prohibited from using cell phones between 8:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

If cell phones are brought to school, they must remain in student backpacks or in school-assigned lockers and be turned off during the school day. School telephones will be available for emergency use by students. Students are responsible for all content on their cell phones, including social media, pictures, text messages, and videos. Inappropriate material found on cell phones may be referred to local law enforcement.

Fredericktown is committed to creating an environment conducive to learning and personal growth. We believe the implementation of this policy will support our students in achieving their fullest potential. 

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Fredericktown Local Schools is pleased to announce  the appointment of Regina Sackman as the new Elementary School Principal. With a diverse background in education and a deep commitment to fostering engaging learning environments, Mrs. Sackman brings a wealth of experience that will greatly benefit our school community. She steps into this role following the tenure of Mr. Matt Caputo, who embarks on his new journey as Fredericktown’s Director of Student Services. The Board approved Mrs. Sackman’s hiring at the school board meeting on Thursday, June 13.    

Mrs. Sackman successfully led the expansion of Mansfield’s Springmill Elementary’s STEM  Program, demonstrating her ability to innovate and nurture educational growth. Her integration of nature and environmental science into the STEM curriculum exemplifies her forward-thinking  approach to education.    

Prior to her administrative roles, Mrs. Sackman served as an associate faculty at The Ohio State University Mansfield for 12 years, where she trained and supervised education field supervisors and cultivated partnerships with local schools. Her experience as a teacher in Shelby City Schools and Madison Local Schools further enriches her understanding of  classroom dynamics and instructional best practices.    

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Regina Sackman to Fredericktown Elementary School. We look forward to her leadership and the difference she will make for our students and the Fredericktown Community.   

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By the Numbers

1:1

K-12 Chromebooks

100%

of district employees are ALICE trained

66%

of students in grades 7-12 participated in a fall sport or band

25%+

of high school students participate in College level classes

39

district employees have over 20 years experience

97.3%

of seniors graduated last year

145,000+

miles were driven by our bus drivers last year

$250,000

the district has received in grant money to improve security in the K-12 building