Reports say a directive will be given to all public schools in Ontario prohibiting the use of cellphones in class starting next school year.
"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning, and not their cell phones", she said in a written statement Tuesday, March 12.
Ontario students will no longer be able to use their cellphones in the classroom next September, as Premier Doug Ford makes good on a populist campaign promise.
The Tory government conducted education consultations past year, and while input on the sex-education curriculum dominated headlines, feedback was also gathered on a potential classroom cellphone ban.
The announcement is expected in the "near future".
"You think of a school that has hundreds or thousands of students coming into the building", he said.
Superintendent Mark Davidson says the sheer number of phones in schools now would make enforcing a ban impossible.
While Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner agrees that cellphones can be a distraction, he is critical of what he describes as the government's "top-down regulation" approach.
Some schools already have similar rules in place, but this would be one official rule for all schools.
About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class, the sources said.
The PCs did propose the ban when they were campaigning a year ago.
Thompson announced additional money for school boards and training for teachers Monday as hundreds of kids may soon enter school because they will get less funding for therapy.
Our Government will be introducing a ban on cellphones in the classroom.
"Students need to be discerning digital citizens and opportunities should be provided within the curriculum to allow students to safely explore various uses and risks of technology in an intentionally guided and supportive environment", the association wrote.
It states that personal electronic devices, like cellphones, should support classroom activities and that teachers would guide and monitor student access to their use.
"We use technology quite effectively in our classrooms as much as we possibly can".
The ban is set to begin in the upcoming school year. These improvements were mostly demonstrated among the students who were typically "low achieving".