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Student Use Of Electronic Signaling Devices   

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It is the intent of the Governing Board, in exercising its authority to regulate the use of electronic signaling devices, to establish guidelines and regulations that will ensure the continuation of a positive climate for learning free from unnecessary disruptions. The Board recognized that, as the technology of wireless communication in our society has evolved, there is now widespread use of electronic signaling devices, including cellular and digital telephones and pager devices, among our student population that previously has been prohibited.

The Board believes that, although recent changes in state law no longer prohibit students from possessing or using signaling devices, restrictions on their use on a school campus must exist to ensure that such use does not infringe upon the rights of others to interfere with classroom instruction or other school activities.

The Board does not encourage student possession or use of electronic signaling devices on a school campus nor does it assume liability if such devices are damaged, lost or stolen. Students are prohibited from using such devices in the classroom or in a school environment where such use would infringe on the rights of another student or staff or would interfere with the school program. Telephones and pagers are to be turned off in the classroom and during school activities in which their use would cause a disruption. Students who use these devices on campus shall do so only during non-instructional time. The Board encourages students to use cellular telephones for family business and emergency purposes only.

If the privilege of using these devices at school is abused and the possession or use of an electronic signaling device violates this policy, the school has the right to revoke the privilege and prohibit a student from possessing such a device. The principal/designee is responsible for including violations of their policy in the school discipline plan as appropriate.

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

Legal Reference:


48901.5 Electronic signaling device


adopted: May 13, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California