By Haliegh Lewis
A new year always brings new changes, but there is one change that many Freshman weren’t prepared for…the Yondr pouch. If you haven’t heard about Yondr pouches, don’t worry because they were just brought into the school this fall.
Yondr pouches are grey and green pouches that you put your phone into at the start of class. When you close it, it automatically shuts via a magnet, and you cannot open it again without the specialized Yondr magnet. The pouches are designed as a way to prevent cell phone use without physically taking a phone away from the students. The students still have their phones, but they can not access them because they are sealed in the pouch.
The Yondr pouches are currently only used in freshman English classes and a few junior classes, and according to Ms. Grab, one of the two English teachers using the pouches,
“I felt there was a major need for them.” Ms. Grab said. “Our classrooms are now equipped with school issued devices, and students using cell phones for class work is no longer something that is needed. Cell phones are typically used for social media purposes which is not something we want to see in an educational setting.”
Many students have had to admit that the pouches have been an effective cell-phone deterrent.
“I don’t personally like them,” said a student, who would like to remain anonymous. “But, it keeps children off of their phones in class and keeps them focused on the work. And, it will help them stay out of the trouble regarding their cellular devices.”
Some students believe the positives of the Yondr pouches don’t outweigh the negatives.
“Those things are like prisons for your phone.” said Addyson Leach, a freshman at MCHS. “I understand why the teachers use them, but when we are done with our work, students should be able to listen to music or check for important messages from our coaches. Right now, we can’t.”
Freshman students are not the only ones struggling with the Yondr Pouches. Junior Sierra Sayers sees the pouches as completely unnecessary.
“It’s just a hassle.” Sayers said. “You take away 5 minutes of class to take your phones out, put the pouches up. Upperclassmen are more responsible, and I feel like if you make us use them then we are just going to problem solve a way around them. To be honest it’s also just a waste of money. That money should go to things like the performing arts.”
Despite the detractors, both Mrs. Pierce and Ms. Grab have already witnessed a positive change in their classes. Mrs. Pierce has already noticed a decrease in missing assignments, while Ms. Grab has experienced less class disruptions.
“It has been amazing to see how classes interact with each other, their teacher, and their coursework when cell phones are not part of the equation.” Grab said.
It has not been determined whether or not the success of the Yondr pouches will mean that you will start seeing them in other classrooms, but Ms. Grab is already a firm believer that Yondr Pouches should go school wide.
“I truly believe it would completely change the face of our school in the most positive way if we were to implement it as a high school.” Grab said. “From my perspective, there are zero negatives that have come with it, and the students have received it well.”
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