New Nettle Cellphone Rules Require Devices to Remain in Lockers

Throughout the month of August, WHAV provides a daily report counting down to the first day of school in Greater Haverhill.


Administrators at the Paul C. Nettle Middle School in Haverhill have issued a new cellphone policy for the coming school year.

Principal Tim Corkery said the new rules require that students secure cellphones and other devices in padlocked lockers during the school day. The school will provide the locks. If students lose them, they will be charged $5 for a replacement. Students will not be allowed to use their own locks.

Students can have their cellphones confiscated if they use or have their devices in view during the school day. Phones will be held in the office until the end of the day, when the student can pick it up. On the third offense, the phone will be held in the office until a parent picks it up.

As part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention System, cell phone use during the school day can sometimes be used as a reward.

At Haverhill’s John Greenleaf Whittier Middle School, a similar policy is in effect. Students are required to have their phones turned off and put away during the school day. If students need to use a phone, they may use a school phone in the main office.


West Newbury School Resource Officer Justin Lindahl

When students at Pentucket Regional Middle and High schools and the John C. Page School return to their West Newbury classrooms, a new school resource officer will be on duty in the district.

Chief Art Reed appointed Officer Justin Lindahl (pictured) West Newbury’s school resource officer. He has been on the active roster since Aug. 1.

Lindahl will spend about 40 hours a week in the town’s public school buildings during the academic year. He will work with faculty and students in the high school’s law enforcement class and lead safety programs in the middle and elementary schools.

He will train faculty and staff  how to secure themselves and their classrooms during an emergency.

Before joining the West Newbury Police Department, Lindahl served as a full-time dispatcher for the Stoneham Police. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a master’s degree in homeland security from Endicott College.


School tours and opportunities to meet teachers are scheduled in several Timberlane Regional District schools.

At Timberlane Regional Middle School in Plaistow, N.H., parents and students may take self-guided tours on Thursday, Aug. 24, to see where their classrooms are located. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Administrators and school counselors will be available to answer questions, but teachers will not be present.

Danville Elementary School, 23 School St., plans a Meet the Teachers Open House on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Students whose last names begin with A through L are invited from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Students with last names starting with M through Z are scheduled for 6 to 6:45.

Sandown North Elementary School, 23 Stagecoach Road, plans an open house Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. for students with last names beginning with A through K and at 6 p.m. for those with names starting with L through Z.  At Sandown Central School, 295 Main St., morning session students are invited to an open house from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Full-day students may attend from 4 to 6 p.m. and afternoon-session students are scheduled to attend from 5 to 6 p.m.


Haverhill Public Schools open their doors to students in grades 1 through 12 on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Kindergarten begins Sept. 5. All Haverhill students will attend for a half-day on Friday, Sept. 1, and enjoy a day off for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.

Regional first days are:

Pentucket: Aug. 31

Timberlane: Aug. 31

Methuen: Aug. 29

Whittier: Aug. 29 for freshmen and new students; Aug. 30 for all students

Sacred Hearts, Bradford: Wednesday, Aug. 30

Central Catholic High School: Sept. 7

Georgetown Public Schools: Grades 1-12, Aug. 29; kindergarten, Aug. 30

Do you have a submission for the Back-to-School Countdown? Email information to [email protected]. Tune in tomorrow for more back-to-school information.


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