According to GUSD Board Policy, students shall be permitted to have in their possession an electronic signaling device on campus during the school day, while attending school sponsored activities, or while under the supervision of control of a school District employee. Electronic signaling devices may be used in the event of a school-related emergency as determined by the principal for a health purpose. Although such devices may be brought onto a school campus, they are to be turned off and students are prohibited from using them in the classroom or during the instructional day including snack, lunch, and passing periods. If students need to call a parent/guardian after school during pick up time, they must let a supervising staff member know, and they must stand near the staff member while calling.
The Board/School does not assume liability if such devices are damaged, lost, or stolen. The use of electronic signaling devices that disrupt school activities will be confiscated by school officials and returned to the student’s parent or guardian. The use of these devices or their ringing during school time or activities will be considered a disruption of campus activities and subject to disciplinary action. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to prohibit a student who requires an electronic signaling device for essential health purposes from the possession and limited use of it for said purpose. A student who needs to possess and/or use a device for essential health purposes must bring to the principal or designee proof, in the form of a doctor’s note, a determination by a licensed physician and/or surgeon that the possession and limited use of the device is essential to the health of the student. Students who violate this Board policy will have their signaling devices confiscated by school officials and returned to the student’s parent or guardian. If a student violates this policy a second time, the signaling device will be confiscated and retained until the end of the current school year in June at which time it will be returned to the student’s parent or guardian.