The school board does have policies within schools and classrooms to moderate phone use, but Davidson says it's important to have a conversation with student about when it's okay to use cell phones, instead of outright banning them.
As Ontario schools prepare for a blanket ban on cellphones during class time, the Alberta government says they're not going to follow suit.
"I think we're going to have to look at exactly what they (the province) announces and see how we will go about enforcing it".
Most, if not all, schools and school boards already have cellphone and technology related policies in place. "Is this a non-issue cherry picked to pretend commitment to edu?" said Pascal, who works at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
The Peel District School Board policy states that students "will use devices responsibly" only after getting permission and direction from teachers. There are expected to be exceptions for teachers who want to use cell phones during the course of their lesson, for students with special needs, and those who have a cell phone to use for medical reasons.
"I think that this (announcement) has everything to do with a government that's trying to distract from the really serious and considerable concerns of families and education workers", she said.
Although the Toronto District School Board had previously implemented a cellphone ban, it was reversed four years after its introduction to allow teachers to decide how to best manage cellphone use in their classrooms. The board also felt that a strict no-technology ban could potentially limit education opportunities.
The Ontario provincial government conducted consultations on the cellphone ban a year ago, with 97 percent of respondents favoring some sort of restriction on phones in class, according to Thompson. Results found that 97 per cent of respondents wanted some sort of control over cellphone use in class.
One of these government sources explained to CTV News, "When the school day starts, the phones go off".
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards to make their own decisions.
Spokesman Ryan Bird said the TDSB encourages appropriate uses of technology in classrooms.