Cell Phone-Free Education in Virginia K-12 Public Schools

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Executive Order 33Overview

Governor Glenn Youngkin has issued Executive Order 33 to establish cell phone-free education to promote the health and safety of Virginia’s K-12 students. Executive Order 33 is focused on eliminating cell phone use during instructional time and addressing the mental health issues arising from children's social media and cell phone addiction. 

Implementing cell phone-free education in Virginia’s K-12 public schools is critical, especially given youth chronic health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, that are driven in part by extensive social media and cell phone use.

Executive Order 33 directs the Virginia Department of Education to provide guidance to school boards on cell phone-free education policies and procedures. School boards will establish local cell phone-free education policies and procedures before the end of this year that will be implemented in 2025.  

The VDOE will be participating in a series of Commonwealth Conversations across Virginia to provide opportunities for discussion on how schools and communities can build new norms around phone usage. Parents, educators, and community members are also invited to share their thoughts on cell phone-free education with the VDOE below.  We look forward to hearing from Virginians on how we can help create a healthier and more focused educational environment where every child is free to learn. 

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