Battle High School is taking a stand in a growing debate over the role of technology in classrooms: It has become the first of Columbia’s public schools to limit students’ access to the internet during school hours.

In an Aug. 19 letter sent to Battle High School families, Principal Kim Presko announced that the Wi-Fi system for students’ personal use will be disabled from 8:55 a.m to 4:05 p.m. They’ll still be able to get on the web for classwork.

Battle is making the move, Presko wrote, “to provide an educational environment that is limited from distractions while also increasing our cyber safety and security measures.”

She added that the school has made arrangements with Columbia Public

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