NDP MPP Ian Arthur said his party supports the idea in general but teachers and school boards now have the power to ban cellphones.
The new student code of conduct is expected to have strict guidelines for cellphone use, including preventing students from placing their phones face-down on desks, even with the ringer set to silent. How the ban will be enforced will remain under the jurisdiction of individual educational boards and schools.
It's not clear exactly how the directive would look, but the government will leave it up to school boards in how they enforce a ban in their schools.
The Ford government plans to ban the devices as of next school year in classrooms across the province.More news: US consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February
"I think that it's time for the government to take back the power and give it back to the teachers inside the classroom", says Kehoe.
"So we're very supportive of schools and teachers setting high expectations in terms of how they're used and we're uncomfortable with them setting expectations in terms of when they want them seen and when they should not be seen, that's reasonable", says Davidson.
Students would be allowed to bring their phones into the classroom, the government said, but usage would be reserved for educational and emergency situations.
The ban follows government conducted education consultations a year ago, in which 97 per cent of respondents stated they favoured restrictions on phones in class.More news: UnitedHealthcare expands program to pass drug discounts on to consumers
About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class, sources told the Canadian Press.
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards to make their own decisions.
Ontario Education Minister Lisa Thompson has confirmed reports cellphones will be banned from classrooms as of this fall.
The move was praised by many, but some say the ban is antiquated and a missed opportunity to teach children about responsible technology use.More news: Brazil police: 2 men arrested in killing of Marielle Franco
Teacher Ben Sichel is not in favour of a cellphone ban. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.