D.C. school keeps students off phones with lockable pouches

(PHOTO: Yondr)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A public high school in D.C. became the first in the area to use lockable pouches to try and keep students off their cell phones.

D.C. Public Schools officials confirmed that Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest kicked off the pilot program that uses Yondr pouches in an attempt to limit classroom distractions.

Students in math and science classes will be required to put their phones in the magnetic pouch. The pouch automatically locks until the end of class and can only be unlocked by a teacher.

Yondr, which has partnered with over 1,000 schools nationwide, says it is currently being used in eight D.C. area schools.