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Student Internet and Electronic Online Networked Services



Web 2.0 tools are an important part of your child’s education in the 21st Century. With the growth of the web, much of the software our students need is free and on the internet, in the “cloud.” Some of this software requires student accounts. We would like to make sure that you have a choice for your child to use web-based tools at school, including the use of student accounts. To reassure you, here are some of the steps we take to protect your child:

  • We do not use personal student email addresses to set up student accounts.
  • We do not publish identifiable information about your child.
  • Student accounts will be identified by avatars created at
  • Creating avatars allows students to include personal digital representations of themselves for online or in digital materials without relinquishing any privacy. Pictures portraying the students will not be allowed.
  • Students are required to sign this Technology User Agreement before they are allowed to use any computer at school for any reason.
  • As parent and/or legal guardian of the student I am registering, I grant permission for my child to access networked computer services and will allow my child to use web-based tools and give authorization to utilize Google Apps for Education. I understand that individuals and families may be held responsible for violations of district and school rules governing use of electronic information sources. I accept responsibility for informing my child about the acceptable use of the internet as outlined in Board Policy 6163.4 and Administrative Regulation 6163.4 “Student Use of Technology.” 

Disclaimer: The District makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from use of the network or accounts. Any additional charges a user accrues due to the use of the District’s network are to be borne by the user. The District also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through user access. Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the author's individual point of view and not that of the District, its affiliates, or employees.

Media Consent

The San Mateo-Foster City School District is proud of the many accomplishments of our students and staff. There may be times during the school year when your child could be featured in materials created and used to support the District’s efforts to provide information about our schools to our community. Examples include quotes, photos or video collected during classroom activities, field trips, award ceremonies, special school events or Board Meetings, that are then used in district newsletters, press releases, brochures, school / district websites, and/or the District’s social media channels.

The District requests your permission to use (through printed, audio, visual, and/or electronic means) your student’s image or work while participating his/her education program.  Your authorization will enable the District to use specially prepared materials to train teachers and/or increase public awareness and promote continuation and improvement of education programs.

Parents or guardians may opt-out of having their students’ photograph or video recording used in district materials. If you opt-out, the District will also request news media not interview your student or film/photograph your student. While the local news media typically honors such requests, the District does not have the legal authority to prevent your student from talking with media before or after school or dictating who media outlets film or photograph at public events. Permission must be give each school year and remains valid through the end of the school year. Additionally, you understand that there will be no monetary compensation for any inclusion of my child in District materials.

Please Note: This form does not cover the publication of student yearbooks. To exclude your child from the student yearbook publication, please contact your school office.

Parent Permission to Seek Medical Care

You authorize the school to obtain medical care for your child, as specified in the Parent/Guardian Rights, in an emergency. You understand that the San Mateo-Foster City School District, its employees and its Board assume no liability of any nature in relation to the transportation or treatment of said minor. You further understand that all costs of paramedics, transportation, hospitalization and any examination, X-rays or treatment provided in this authorization shall be your responsibility.

Directory Information Release

Directory Information may be released pursuant to this policy and District regulations.  “Directory Information” is defined as any or all of the following:

  1. Pupil’s full name and any nicknames
  2. Names of pupil’s parent(s)/guardian(s)
  3. Mailing address, including e-mail address or e-mail address of parent(s)
  4. Home telephone number
  5. Date of birth
  6. Classroom or homeroom
  7. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  8. Dates of attendance or enrollment at school
  9. Degrees and awards received
  10. The name of the public or private school from which a pupil was promoted 

Any information constituting Directory Information within the meaning of this Board Policy may be released only as authorized by State and Federal law, and additionally may be released upon the Superintendent’s or Principal’s discretion to any of the following:

  1. the Parent-Teacher Association of the school upon their request;
  2. the Education Foundation upon their request
  3. The local public library system for the purposes of issuing a library card to our students
  4. the parent(s) or guardian(s) of other students currently enrolled in the school of attendance for the purposes of creating class lists, a classroom directory
  5. persons who attend school events, to the extent that release of student names and addresses is relevant to the nature of the event, such as in a program or cast list
  6. appropriate law enforcement personnel in the regular performance of their duties upon their request for the purposes of calling parents, accessing schedules
  7. news media outlets for purposes of stories relevant to the student’s recent achievements, performances, honors, or athletics upon their request.