Student Cell Phone Distractions At Chillicothe Middle School

An issue with Cell Phones and Smart Devices at the Chillicothe Middle School was brought to the attention of the School Board by Principal Abby Smith.  Superintendent Dr Dan Wiebers says it is a growing issue.

The policy allows the students are allowed to have the devices with them, but are not allowed to use them during the day.  Wiebers says they are looking at ways to reduce the distractions by the devices.




  • There are other schools within an hours drive that have the students put in small mail cubbies or calculator sleeves. They put them in the cubbies and/or sleeves as they enter and take them as they leave. It has worked well this current school year

  • Marsha Leopard, retired teacher

    This is what another school district in Missouri is doing. They took a definite stand. The letter also explains the issues they have faced that are the reasons for the policy change.

    Attention SHS Parents/Guardians – Please see the following letter from Mr. Vetter regarding a change to our mobile device procedures. We are working on getting a copy of this letter sent via email to all of our SHS parents/guardians, but we’re experiencing some technical issues. Once we get those issues resolved, a copy of this letter will be sent out to all SHS families!

    March 31, 2022


    Beginning Monday, April 4th, 2022, we will be adjusting our procedures at Steelville High School on a permanent basis. Students will be asked to either not bring their phones to school or to check them into the office until the day is over. This would include smart watches that connect to their phones or any other electronic device they bring that connects to the internet. Students that check phones into the office may pick them up each day upon dismissal. As always, if student-parent contact is needed you may call the office.

    This change is due to many factors, a few of which are listed below:
    Students taking videos and pictures of other students in the bathroom and posting on social media (child pornography)
    Students making audio recordings of test reviews and listening to them while taking a test
    Students using phones while in locker rooms
    Pictures being taken of other students in the classroom without permission and posted to social media
    Making videos and posting on Tik-Tok
    Large amounts of conflicts that begin on social media or through text messages

    As always, we feel that the best way to contact your child during the school day is to call the office for any types of messages or changes to their normal bus/pickup routine. We would encourage you to continue this practice and to not rely on messaging your child.

    Student devices will be locked up and returned upon dismissal or they may choose to not bring them at all. Any student who violates this new procedure will have their phone taken and a parent or guardian will be required to pick it up. Second offense will result in the same, plus the addition of after school detention.

    I appreciate your support in this as we strive to help our children understand the importance of their education and the need to disconnect from the electronic distractions that take away from their learning. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me.


    Steven Vetter

    Steelville High School Principal

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