Going Wireless in M-DCPS! -
A Quick Guide for Students and Parents!
Why am I filtered on my own device?
Student and adult (unless bona fide research) filtering is a requirement of all public schools. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered, regardless of the device you use to access it while in a public school. The network you are using while at school belongs to M-DCPS and will be filtered.
I brought a device to school and my teacher will not allow me to use it. What should I do?
The teacher has the final say on classroom procedures. If your teacher asks you not to use your device, you should follow his or her instructions. Although access is available, it is not guaranteed for every classroom situation.
I have a data plan from a provider (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc.) on my digital device that allows Internet access without using the M-DCPS student network. Is this allowable?
Students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy when accessing the Internet through any device. Students should not access the Internet through any cellular data provider while on campus.
How do I access the Internet on the guest network?
Most devices will detect a wireless connection. Your device should prompt you to join an available network if there is a wireless connection near you. When prompted, choose the guest network. Once you choose this network and open an Internet browser, you will be prompted to accept the terms of service and abide by all District policies and procedures.
My personal device does not give me a prompt to choose a wireless network. What should I do?
Check the settings menu of your device to see if there is a network access icon. Select this icon and choose the guest network from the list. Be sure to consult the owner’s manual of your device to get exact directions for accessing wireless networks.
What is the range of the network?
The range of the network will depend on the infrastructure at your school. The priority for connectivity is as follows: Classrooms, Mobiles, Cafeterias, Gyms, and Athletic Facilities.
Will there be technical assistance provided to access the wireless network?
Since there are literally hundreds of devices that may be brought to school as part of the BYOD program, there is no technical assistance provided other than providing the name of the wireless connection. Students will be expected to know how to connect their devices.
I need to save my work to the M-DCPS network. Can I?
Yes, you can save to either your My Site/District approved collaboration site located on your student portal or to your personal device.
How will students be able to print?
Generally, students will not have the capability to print from their devices in school. However, students should check with their individual school policy for this option.
What if I attend a Charter School?
Charter School students should check with their school for matters pertaining to wireless access.