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Education Notebook - 11/05/03

Cell Phones in Middle Schools

<bt>Beginning this week cell phones and other hand-held communication devices will be permitted in Fairfax County Public Schools.

The devices will be required to be kept in the student's locker and turned off during school hours. Any violations will result in the devices being confiscated and returned only after a parent or guardian comes to the school to retrieve it.

Members of the School Board asked for the policy change citing emergency and safety concerns raised by parents.

<sh>AD/HD Program

<bt>"Making Sense of Psychological and Educational Testing" will be the topic of the Nov. 20 program of CHADD (Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia. The session will be conducted by psychologists Beverly Parker Lewis, Ph.D., and Carrie Towbes, Ph.D.

The program will begin at 7 p.m., in the multi-purpose lecture room at Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax; and is free and open to the public.

AD/HD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, attention, and in some cases, hyperactivity. AD/HD is a neurobiological disorder that affects three to five percent of school-age children.

CHADD of Northern Virginia also offers regular support group meetings for adults with AD/HD and for parents of children with AD/HD. For more information, call 703-641-5451, e-mail nova_chadd@hotmail.com, or visit www.novachadd.org.

CHADD is a nonprofit organization that provides information and support to parents of children with attention deficit disorders, as well as adults with attention deficit disorders. CHADD of Northern Virginia serves children and adults with AD/HD in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, and neighboring jurisdictions.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Tuesday, Nov. 4

Election day.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

School Board regular meeting. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Monday, Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m.

School Board work session, technology; policy review; instruction; strategic planning & evaluation; legislation; and human resources. 10700 Page Ave., Fairfax