Electronic Devices

  • In order to use a district computer, Internet account, or e-mail address, each student must have a completed and signed San Mateo Union High School District Acceptable Use Policy Agreement on file at the high school of attendance. Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy can result in the loss of technology services, confiscated devices, detention, Saturday work study, suspension, administrative transfer, or expulsion. While students may choose to bring personal computers to campus, teachers can require that classroom Chromebooks or computer labs be used instead.   

    Electronic devices include personal radios, MP3/iPods, CD, DVD, cellular phones, walkie talkies, electronic games, tablets, and paging devices (Ed. Code 51512, 48901.5). 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. The school cannot be responsible for such items. 

    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.  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 and the assignment of after-school detention. Parents/Guardians will be notified if the device has been confiscated by the main office and will have the choice to pick it up or allow the student to pick it up at the end of the day. On the second confiscation, Saturday work study is assigned and the student’s parent/guardian will be contacted and may be the only person to pick up the electronic device at the end of the school day.  Repeated usage without teacher or administrative approval may result in loss of the privilege to bring communication devices on campus and possibly suspension.

    No student shall use personal hotspots, create networks, or access Virtual Private Networks while 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.