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    1.  What is a BYOD policy?

    A Bring Your Own Device policy allows students to bring and use their own personal electronic devices- tablets, laptops, smartphones, etc.- to school.  With teacher approval, students may use their devices in the classroom to access and save information from the Internet, collaborate with other learners, and utilize the productivity tools, such as Google Drive, that are available to them.



    2.  Is there any paperwork I have to sign in order for my student to bring their own device to school?

    Yes.  Both students and parents will need to sign the Responsible Technology Use Agreement (RTUA).



    3.  Is it mandatory for students to bring a device to school?

    No, participation in this BYOD program is strictly optional. The school will provide access to devices when technology is required.



    4.  What if a student doesn’t have the resources to bring a device to school?

    Bringing a device for personal use is optional.  However, any time a device is required to complete class work, one will be provided for students to use in class.



    5.  What devices are appropriate for BYOD?

    Devices that are acceptable for this BYOD pilot include laptops, tablets, and smartphones.  In order to be compatible with class lessons, the device must be able to connect to the school wireless network. Gaming devices are not permitted.    



    6.  When can students use their devices at schools?

    A device must be used for educational purposes under the direction and supervision of school personnel.  Usage is based on the discretion of the teacher and is not guaranteed in every class period. 



    7.  Will parent’s cellular plans be impacted by provided a device for school use?

    Students must connect to the school’s student Wi-Fi network.  Any cellular network charges due to unauthorized use will be the responsibility of the parent.



    8.  Is it possible for students to perform all their schoolwork using personal devices in the classroom?

    No. Use of the device will depend on the context of the assignments given by teachers.  Some assignments will still require students to complete work by hand or use traditional instructional materials such as books or worksheets.

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    9.  Will students be able to use earbuds or other types of headsets during class?

    Students may use these with the permission of the teacher or administrator.



    10.  What if my child’s device is stolen or damaged?

    Students bring electronic communication devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal items. The school will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen, damaged or misplaced. Contact school staff if your child’s device is stolen. It is advised that you label the device, record device details such as make, model, serial number and install tracking software if available. It is also recommended that parents contact their insurance company to obtain hazard and/or theft coverage.



    11.  What happens when my child’s device battery dies?

    Your child is responsible for bringing his or her device fully charged to school each day. If your child’s device battery dies, an alternate way to complete the assignment will be provided.



    12.  What happens if my child forgets their device at home?

    Students are not required to bring devices to school.  Students are encouraged to load their assignments into Google Drive in order to make their work accessible through any device with access to the Internet.



    13.  Does my child have to share his or her device?

    No. Your child should not lend his or her device to another student. From time to time, an assignment may have a collaborative component in which students work together in partners or small groups. In this learning situation, your child will maintain sole use of their device

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    14.  Will my child have access to technical support while at school?

    Your child must be familiar with how to use his or her personal device. Instructions will be available to explain how to access the school Wi-Fi network. However, school personnel will not troubleshoot hardware, software or network issues.



    15.  What if the device that I provide for my student to use in class doesn’t have the appropriate software?

    If specific software is required to complete projects, teachers will provide access during class time to school computers with the required software.  



    16.  Will students be able to print to school printers? 

    Students will only have access to the student BYOD network. They won’t have the ability to print or access the school’s file-server.  Work that needs to be printed should either be printed at home or will have to be printed from a school computer.   



    17.  Will students be able to access inappropriate content?

    BYOD will allow students’ access to the school’s student Wi-Fi network. The network is filtered to block access to inappropriate content. However, no filtering system is perfect. If students inadvertently access content that is unsuitable, they should inform their classroom teacher. Any intentional attempt to circumvent the network filter is a violation of the district's Responsible Technology Use Agreement and is subject to FNSBSD discipline policy.


    18.  Will my child’s device be confiscated if it is being used inappropriately?

    Yes. If there is suspicion of inappropriate content or misuse, School Board policy will be followed by the school administration which can include confiscating and searching a device. 


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Last Modified on November 21, 2016