Tifton - - Tift County Schools are laxing a policy that involves students bringing cell phones to school.
Before, students would be immediately suspended if they were caught with a cell phone on campus. School administrators say that resulted in too many students being removed from class. So the board decided to change the policy.
"When a student is found with a cell phone now it will be confiscated and parent called and a letter sent home explaining what the next consequence will be," says School Board Member Rita Griffin.
One of those consequences is detention and then suspension if it happens repeatedly. The change will now be printed in the county's Code of Conduct book.
Even though the policy is less severe, school administrators say they do not encourage students to use cell phones during school hours.