NEW YORK (AP) - A longtime ban on cellphones at New York City public schools has been lifted.
NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime ban on cellphones at New York City public schools has been lifted.
Mayor Bill de Blasio had promised during his 2013 mayoral campaign to overturn the ban.
The city had announced in January that the ban would be lifted. The change went into effect Monday.
De Blasio called it "a common-sense action" that would give parents peace of mind.
Each school will have an individualized policy determined by its principal, with input from parents and teachers.
It could include allowing students to use their phones during lunch or in designated areas and storing them in their backpacks during class.
The ban was put in place by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.