Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - Wi-Fi Access


Going Wireless in M-DCPS! - A Quick Guide for Students and Parents!

BYOD Information

What is BYOD?
Bring Your Own Device allows students to use their own technology at specified times during the day to enhance the learning experience. Examples of the types of technology which can be used are Windows laptops/tablets, Mac laptops, Android tablets, and iPads..  

Do I have to accept the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) every time I come to campus or the device goes to sleep?
The AUP for students and the BYOD permission form will be initiated at the beginning of each school year.  The AUP will be accepted electronically when students sign into their portal. The BYOD permission form will be included in the Welcome Back to School packet for take home.  New students will also have to acknowledge both documents after registering.

Will there be a permission form that needs to be signed before my child brings his or her own device to school?
Yes,  beginning January 2014 there will be a permission form that needs to be signed.  If you have any questions regarding the form, please contact your school.

How will students be using devices as part of their academic work at school and home?
Your children’s teachers will be letting you know how they plan to integrate the utilization of devices into their teaching and learning environment in the classroom.

If a teacher is delivering a lesson that uses devices, will my child be at a disadvantage if he or she does not have one?
No, for interactive lessons requiring a device the school or District will provide a device.

How will administrators have the ability to revoke a student’s BYOD privilege?
If a student is not following the developed guidelines for the use of his or her personally owned device, an administrator can revoke the privilege through the regular discipline process of three strikes and you’re out or immediately if the infraction warrants.  If the student’s BYOD privilege is removed, the student will continue to have network access by using a district computer device.

Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Policy I accepted at the beginning of the school year even though this is my own personal computer?
Yes. The Acceptable Use Policy for M-DCPS remains in effect even when you are using your own computing device such as a laptop, Smartphone, iPad, etc. Violating the terms of the AUP is a student code of conduct violation.

How will theft, loss, or damage of a personally owned device be handled in a school?
The guidelines for the BYOD program specifically address the risk of students bringing their own devices to school. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices.

If my device won’t work, will someone from the school district fix the device?
It is not the responsibility of M-DCPS staff to fix/repair/troubleshoot individual devices. Check the owner’s manual for issues that may arise or take the device to a computer repair shop.

Will students be able to recharge devices during the school day?
Student should not have the expectation that they will be able to charge devices at school.  Access to power outlets will be determined by each school – please refer to your school’s policy on this matter.

Will students be able to use ear buds or other types of headsets?
Students may use these during class with the permission of the teacher or administrator.

Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video)?
With the permission of the teacher or administrator, students may make recordings.

Can teachers require students to bring their own devices?
No. Students are not required to participate in the BYOD program.

Will students be able to use their devices before or after school? During lunch? In the Media Center?
Access to devices at the school outside of class time will be determined by each school – please refer to your school’s policy on this matter.

How will teachers prevent students from just texting their friends or just surfing the Web?
Students should be instructed to put devices away when they are not completing a specific instructional task. Teachers should always be mindful of what students are doing during class.

What if I attend a Charter School?
Charter School students should check with their school for matters pertaining to BYOD.


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