Education Code section 48901.5 allows school boards to set policy on the use and possession of cellular telephones and other electronic signaling devices on school campuses. On December 9, 2003, the Board of Education approved Policy H-6980 which allows students possession and use of cell phones and other electronic signaling devices on campus before school, during lunch, and after school.
These devices must be kept out of sight and turned off during classroom time. Unauthorized use of such devices, including issues of academic honesty, disrupts the instructional program and distracts from the learning environment. In addition, these devices compromise the integrity of the course and students will be subject to severe disciplinary action.
Therefore, unauthorized use is grounds for confiscation of the device by school officials, including classroom teachers. Confiscated devices will be given to the School Police Officer and will be returned to the parent or guardian after school only between 2:30-3 p.m. Repeated unauthorized use will lead to disciplinary action.
If a student refuses to give the cell phone or any electronic device to the teacher, the matter will be referred to the vice principal for additional disciplinary consequences. School personnel do not have resources to investigate instances of lost or stolen property.
Students and parents are notified of this policy each year through the Facts for Parents booklet that is available for download on the district website: www.sandi.net. Please keep these items at home.
Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices to school since these articles could be damaged, lost, or stolen. Such items brought to school may be confiscated if they are found to be disruptive to the learning/classroom environment, and parents will be required to pick up confiscated property after school ONLY between 2:30-3 p.m.
Confiscated items, which are not claimed by the last day of student attendance of the current school year, will be donated to a local charity. Please keep these items at home.