Natalia ISD to limit phone use, approves $16.3 million budget

Principal Fernando Torres proposed the Yondr phone-free system to members of the school board. The system will be implemented in the fall semester of 2024. Photo by Catherine Richard.

By Catherine Richard
Five members of the Board of Trustees for Natalia Independent School District met and approved measures to prevent phone use during class and to approve the 2024 budget and bond sales plan on the evening of June 24.
The majority of the discussion concerned the new phone restrictions that will begin in the fall semester.
Principal Fernando Torres presented a new program by Yondr, a company that aims to create phone-free spaces with magnetized pouches that prevent students from accessing their phones.
In this system, each student will be given a pouch which will be locked at the beginning of the school day. Only members of the Natalia ISD staff will have the equipment to unlock these pouches.
This action has been proposed due to concerning trends within Natalia ISD and…