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Title: Phones in high schools?
Post by: Megan on April 03, 2012, 08:06 AM
US folks, do any high schools have payphones in them these days?  Or have those been phased out with so many students carrying cell phones?  (In my high school, about 15 years ago, we had a couple in the hall by the office.)

Thanks!
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Post by: J.Ro on April 03, 2012, 08:06 AM
None at my small, rural high school.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on April 03, 2012, 08:11 AM
None in my mid-sized suburban school built about 8 years ago.
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Post by: CaroleB on April 03, 2012, 08:14 AM
I don't believe Indianapolis Public Schools, (a large urban district) have any. The one I worked in didn't.
Each teacher had a phone for public access in their classroom, but only 2 lines available for all and students could use those with permission.

Carole
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Post by: JennaWren on April 03, 2012, 08:16 AM
None here -- all classrooms have phones that I imagine kids could access if they needed to. (suburb of Boston)
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Post by: Megan on April 03, 2012, 08:19 AM
Darn.  I need my MC to make an anonymous call to the police while she's at school (so I don't think she'd want to use her cell phone, or a phone where there'd be teachers right there able to hear).  Will have to give this more thought...

Thanks for the quick answers!
Title: Re: Phones in high schools?
Post by: JennaWren on April 03, 2012, 08:22 AM
Maybe she could sneak into an empty classroom and do it? I don't think teachers everywhere lock their doors when they step out to the bathroom or for lunch or something....(but maybe they do?)
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Post by: jeffman on April 03, 2012, 08:35 AM
My daughter's HS has a front office where a secretary/assistant sort of person answer phones and answer questions. They probably handle hall passes and stuff, too. There is a front counter and a phone sits on it. Kids may use it to call parents, etc. It would be child's play to enter the office and use this phone while the secretary/assistant sort of person is running an errand. I'd say half the times I've visited the office is unoccupied till I call "hello" a few times.
Title: Re: Phones in high schools?
Post by: CaroleB on April 03, 2012, 08:42 AM
Maybe she could sneak into an empty classroom and do it? I don't think teachers everywhere lock their doors when they step out to the bathroom or for lunch or something....(but maybe they do?)

Where I worked the doors were always locked when empty. However, if cleverly poised a student might be able to use a phone if there were a distraction. Where I worked there were ALWAYS distractions. Chaos reigned. Unfortunately.

Carole
Title: Re: Phones in high schools?
Post by: Lwrites on April 03, 2012, 08:46 AM
We had two on opposite ends of the school. (Large suburban high school. But it hadn't been renovated in ages, if ever, so maybe that's why they were still there.)

Darn.  I need my MC to make an anonymous call to the police while she's at school (so I don't think she'd want to use her cell phone, or a phone where there'd be teachers right there able to hear).  Will have to give this more thought...

Thanks for the quick answers!

If she knows ahead of time that she's going to be making an anonymous call and is just calling from school b/c she doesn't want her location to be traced, she could use a disposable cell phone. (Oh, the useful things you can learn from television!) But this sounds like a spur-of-the-moment thing. If I were in her position, and there were no payphones, I'd do what JennaWren said - use the school landline in an empty classroom. There were phones in every room, and there was always at least one empty classroom or computer lab or something. They weren't always locked - I went into empty classrooms on occasion to retrieve something I forgot, or to pop the door open and see if a teacher was there to talk to.

Or, to go a more dramatic route, maybe she could steal a cellphone from someone's bag? Everyone always left their duffel bags for sports on top of their lockers (you can't cram a duffel bag into one of those skinny lockers), and people left their backpacks lying abandoned all over the place at lunchtime. That could make for some interesting tension, if the call is traced to someone else!
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Post by: ruecole on April 03, 2012, 09:10 AM
Another option: could there be a convenience store or gas station close by the school where she could the pay phone at lunch or something like that?

I've never seen a pay phone in a high school (but I'm from Canada). We always had a "student phone" near the office which kids needed to get permission to use from the secretary.

One thing to consider: an anonymous call from a high school phone wouldn't be completely anonymous. The school's name would come up on the caller ID. So the police would at least know the call came from the high school.

Hope that helps!

Rue
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Post by: Eric Hammond on April 03, 2012, 11:06 AM
What if she "borrowed" a teacher's cell phone out of her purse to make the call? That would add a nice bit of suspense - getting the phone, using it undetected [storage closet?], then returning it without getting busted... all in a tight time frame. That would be fun to write.
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Post by: J.Ro on April 03, 2012, 11:07 AM
I have a phone in my room and though it wouldn't be really easy to sneak, if a student knew I was slipping out to go down to the office, they could easily make a quick phone call. Or even grab someone else's cell phone unbeknownst to that user.
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Post by: TracyH on April 03, 2012, 11:23 AM
She could sneak into the nurse's office. That's always open.
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Post by: PJV on April 03, 2012, 11:32 AM
The best part of her sneaking to use a phone at school is the number is just traced to the school, not a specific class. At least that's how it is in our school and all of my kids' schools. Anyone else have this?
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Post by: Liz Straw on April 03, 2012, 02:23 PM
There would also be a phone in the library.  If the MC plays it right, the librarian could be away from desk/office and could manage to sneak in that area to use the phone.  The phone would only show the school number and if smart she would use the end of her jacket sleeve to muffle the call. bwahaahaa.
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Post by: jojohn on April 03, 2012, 02:27 PM
If I get calls from my kids' school, it lists the district name and not the specific school name. I also work in the district and have kids at two schools--I'm never sure who the call is from until I answer. It's a big, urban district.
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Post by: 217mom on April 03, 2012, 02:33 PM
No pay phones at a suburban Bay Area HS. If the kids need to call and it's a school sanctioned call, there are phones for students use at the counselors’ office, and caller ID will show that it is coming from the school. If it's personal, many have their own cells. But those better be turned off during class or they get confiscated for the semester.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on April 03, 2012, 03:06 PM
Often the classroom phone is on the wall near the door. She could ask permission to use it on the pretext of calling a parent, and then slip out into the hallway to talk without disturbing the class (but really to avoid being overheard). Even if the school's caller ID would come up, a teen might not realize or think about that.
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Post by: pilonsc on April 03, 2012, 03:11 PM
I'm in Ontario, Canada and one of the highschools with about 1200 kids has 2 pay phones in the lobby.
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Post by: kittypye on April 06, 2012, 06:41 PM
My daughter's school has a free phone in the lobby near the outside doors - just dial 9 and anyone can use it. So it's not unheard of!