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Do Not Disturb

Hempfield’s New Phone and Earbud Guidelines
Mallory Bi
Rylee Poche puts away her smartphone to engage with her peers.

“No earbuds/airpods are permitted in classrooms.” This was the opening sentence for the slide titled cell phones in the 2023-2024 grade level meetings. This is quite a change for Hempfield Area students who have attended the high school for multiple years.

Airpods were typically allowed at the discretion of the teacher, but this year’s handbook says otherwise. Students have been blocking out teachers and their peers with earbuds, but now they better be ready to listen. The second sentence on the same slide read “Phones may be used in class for academic purposes only as defined by the teacher. Not as a reward.” This means that cell phones cannot be used even if students have completed all their work or free time is awarded. Only “academic purposes” are permitted.

Brandon Tuffs removes his airpods. (Mallory Bitar)

Students seem to lose themselves in their phones, and the teachers become invisible. Phones paired with earbuds make being in a classroom feel numb and can make it so easy to forget that one is even in school.
These rules have been addressed, but this transition may be hard for Hempfield students to abide by. We may see more engagement from students as interactions between teachers and students become more frequent.

For now, students of Hempfield are permitted to wear earbuds in transition time between classes, in their lunch periods, and during study halls.

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About the Contributors
Tyler Goodlin
Tyler Goodlin, Contributor
Tyler Goodlin has Spartan in his blood; his father a Spartan, his grandfather a Spartan, and now he a Spartan. Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, he spent his elementary days in Hempfield, but moved to Tampa for a brief stint. He returned to Greensburg at the age of 16. With his father being an executive for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tyler has always been interested in journalism. Tyler spent many days at the Trib's headquarters in Pittsburgh studying how newspapers are produced. He decided to take up journalism senior year with collage on the horizon, a minor in the subject is very likely for Tyler. His time outside of school is spend golfing and focusing on his studies. He enjoys travel and has seen most of the United States. All of this travel makes Tyler very cultured and open minded to new ideas. Tyler's plans after high school include attending a four year university and studying finance. Taking journalism should help him in his journey to become a successful college student.
Mallory Bitar
Mallory Bitar, Contributor
For 10 years, Mallory Bitar has been attending Hempfield Area School District and is a cheerleader for the varsity cheerleading team. Her goal is to encourage people from the sideline as well as the journalism lab. One of the most valuable things to Mallory is spending quality time with her friends and family. Her favorite thing about high school so far has been Friday Night Lights, where she gets to do what she loves with her best friends.  With joining journalism to write for The Royal, Mallory is looking forward to sharing her opinions and thoughts about what is going on within the school and community. She has come to appreciate John Mayor's words, "Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason."