Admissions Coordinator and parent at Kimberton Waldorf School (KWS),Tammi Stein, believes the policy supports student focus at school and helps support parents and their media policies at home.
“It’s nice to be a part of a community that is tackling [phone use] together,” she said.
KWS has been engaging and educating parents – creating opportunities for conversation. They hosted a book study and community education event for Johann Hari’s work: “Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention — and How to Think Deeply Again.”
Dr. Brad Kershner, Dean of School, purports that the school policy is needed to support families and society as a whole to address what he calls a “a systemic social problem.”
“We want our students and families to understand how the overall well-being of our children requires a holistic approach to social, emotional, cognitive and physical health. Our decision to make our school phone-free is just one example of how we’re helping children and families to regain agency, balance, and well-being in an increasingly stressful and complex world.”