Electronic Devices

  • Students in the San Mateo Union High School District may have in their possession cell phones and other communication devices during the school day and during school-sponsored activities and events.  

    Unless students have been given permission by the administration or teacher, all personal communication devices must be turned off during instructional time including when entering class and leaving with a hall pass, and/or to visit the restroom.  During these times, students must refrain from using their phones, electronic devices, or headphones/ear buds.  Student TAs should also abide by these rules during their TA period.  While students may choose to bring personal computers to campus, teachers can require that classroom Chromebooks or computer labs be used instead. 

    No student shall use personal hot spots, create networks, or access Virtual Private Networks while on campus.  

    Students who do not comply with the above policy are subject to disciplinary referral and consequences, including the confiscation of the device for the remainder of the school day or event. Parents/Guardians will be notified if the device has been confiscated by the Office and will have the choice to pick it up or allow the student to pick it up at the end of the day.  Repeated usage without teacher or admin approval may result in loss of the privilege to bring communication devices on campus. 

    No student shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signaling device that is determined by a licensed physician and surgeon to be essential for the health of the pupil and use of which is limited to purposes related to the health of the pupil.