In the fall of 2014, a group of students and faculty at the Howard County Public Schools were protesting outside of the city’s night schools when they were told to move on.
“We were told that the night school system does not have all of the equipment to meet the demands of a changing population,” said a letter signed by the parents of some of the students.
“If this is true, then we are not only asking for our children to be deprived of their right to attend night schools, but also the right of our school district to turn away students who are seeking to learn in a safe environment.”
“For this reason, the School District has determined that it is in the best interest of students to discontinue use of the Howard-St. Louis night school facility and the night schools to students who do not meet the school’s expectations,” the letter continued.
A year later, in December 2015, Howard County Board of Education members approved the use of video game equipment, a move that was quickly followed by a ban on video games in schools and a ban of the use or possession of any other technology that may interfere with learning.
The move was met with much criticism, but not all of it positive.
The group that signed the letter called the move “unacceptable” and said that “this has created a negative atmosphere in our schools that is not conducive to learning.”
Many parents of students at Howard-Lincoln said they were concerned about the lack of technology in the schools and wanted to know why the district didn’t have more video game gear.
Some parents have taken to social media to ask what would happen if the video game ban wasn’t in place.
When we have the opportunity to play video games with our children, we do it.
The parents of #LincolnPS students said on Twitter.
“The video games have become part of our everyday lives, but they have been a barrier to learning,” one parent wrote.
“We want them out of the school.
Why are the schools not equipped with video games to help students learn in the dark?
They have been banned from our schools for years.
It is no longer our responsibility to make our schools safer.”
The parents of LincolnPS students have been vocal about their concerns and have raised the issue at school, at school board meetings, and at community forums.
On Twitter, they said they would be bringing their concerns to the attention of the Lincoln County Board, the Howard School District, and the Illinois State Board of Public Education.
School board member James Eberhardt, who represents the district, said he had not heard of any parent complaints about video game use.
We are looking into it, Eberhart said.
We have been working with our staff to address this.
It will be a collaborative process.
We’ll work with them to see what the best course of action is.
We do have technology at the school, but it is a technology that we have to implement, he said.
“There is a lot of work ahead of us.
There are things that we will need to do.
We’re still working out the kinks.”
In a statement released Wednesday, the school board said the move to ban video games was a part of the district’s commitment to building safer schools.
At the beginning of this school year, we were informed that we had the right to use the Howard & Lincoln night school facilities and the Lincoln Lincoln Night School facility.
However, the equipment and the instruction have been restricted due to the need to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff.
The decision was made to implement a temporary ban on the use and possession of video games, and our school system was also notified that the ban would be effective immediately.
We are very thankful for the work of our staff and students to keep our students safe, and we are committed to ensuring that our schools remain a safe place to learn and learn well.
We continue to work closely with our partners to build safe learning environments, and will continue to do so.
As part of this commitment, we have also begun to implement additional school resource management measures to enhance our safety and well-being for students, including installing additional lighting, video game play, and safety equipment, as well as providing additional support for students during the transition to new technology.
This is a step in the right direction, but we have a long way to go.
We will continue working to create a safe and nurturing environment for our students and families.
In August, the Illinois Department of Education announced that it would not require video games be in classrooms.
According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, the state will also not require the use, display, or sale of any device that interferes with a student’s ability to participate in instruction or participate in games.
After a petition was launched last year by students and teachers