Years ago it was forbidden to have your cell phone in school, but now students at Brandon Valley High School say a new rule at their school has them relieved.
Stephanie Gregory: In the previous years, did you have your phone in school?
Brandon Valley High School Senior Kaycee Metzger: Yeah, quite often actually.
Metzger admits she has had her cell phone in school for years, but now does it freely.
"I really like it because now I don't have to worry about it getting taken away in class at all," Metzger said.
She is one of many who take advantage of a new school rule allowing cell phones in school.
"I like it a lot, personally. I think it helps keep texting out of the classes so we can get more stuff done," senior Riley Swenson said.
Allowing phones in school is a pilot program, according to Brandon Valley High School Principal Gregg Talcott.
"We know that kids have been carrying phones for a long time and rather than continue to ignore it or act like it's not happening, we decided to try and teach more responsible use," Talcott said.
Talcott says students are not allowed to use the phones inappropriately or have the phones in the classroom. They can only be used in the hallways and at lunch. He says this is a way to teach students responsible phone usage.
"It is a way of trying to find a balance and helping our kids to learn how to unhook from the phone for a while and when to use it and when not to use it," Talcott said.
Students say they see many of their peers following the cell phone rules, but it is causing one problem in the hallways.
"One of the problems, some of the freshman are, well everyone I guess, they walk through the hallways with their heads down in their phone and they run into people," Swenson said.
At the end of the first semester, the school says they will re-evaluate the new policy and decide if this is a program they want to keep for the rest of the year.