According to The Telegraph, the harsher rule means students will not be allowed to look at their phones at all during school hours, including during lunch, and between classes. Blanquer pointed to the many, many studies that have indicated that screentime is dangerous for young kids and that schools must do their part to help kids not become addicted to their phone.
Given the number of young kids who now own phones, it may be difficult to completely ban kids from ever having their phones at school. This becomes especially tricky when parents are concerned about their child’s safety and feel a phone is the best way to contact them in an emergency. However, Blanquer says that he is open to making changes if a phone proves to be necessary for educational or safety purposes.