SUMMERVILLE - Dorchester 2 school board members said at a workshop last week that they would vote on a proposal to let high school students use cellphones and other electronic devices during the school day.
But the issue was not on the agenda for Monday's meeting, so it could not be discussed.
"We totally forgot to get it on the agenda," said Board Chairwoman Gail Hughes said after the meeting.
Now the board will have a special meeting to vote on the issue so it can go into effect when school resumes after the winter break.
The board will meet at 7:45 a.m. Friday in the media center at Spann Elementary School, 901 John McKissick Way. Most of the members will be there for the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Breakfast, which starts at 8 a.m.
"I'm certainly for (the proposed policy)," said board member Barbara Crosby. "I think we're all for piloting it. I don't think there is any problem with that."
Last week, the principals of Summerville, Fort Dorchester and Ashley Ridge high schools asked the board to consider allowing students to use electronic devices before and after school, during class change and during lunch on a trial basis.
"If it works well, maybe then we can look at a policy change," Ashley Ridge Principal Karen Radcliffe said.
The current policy, written in 1991 and revised in 2008, bans "telecommunications devices" on school property during the school day, and calls for them to be confiscated.
A $25 fine must be paid and the phones have to be picked up by a parent.
The trial policy is based on a policy adopted by Wando High School last year.
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