Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to assisting students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. In efforts to support this progress, students and staff are now able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc) during the school day. With classroom teacher approval, students may register and use their own devices to access the Internet and collaborate with other students. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus we are hoping to increase the access all students have to the technology they need to succeed.
Last year, FCPS developed a framework for embracing and managing the use of personally owned computing devices within the school system. This framework quickly became known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and parents are once again encouraged to allow their students to register and bring in their personally owned devices to school for authorized instructional use.
The introduction of BYOD allows for much creativity and innovation in our classrooms. One primary motivation for BYOD is to allow students to bring in personally owned computing devices to support increased student access to online digital instructional resources. Many students also use their devices to take notes, to complete assignments, to create study tools, and to collaborate with other students and teachers.
To register a device for BYOD, parents and students are first required to complete a device use agreement permission form. Once completed, students can register their devices at their school where they will be approved for use on the FCPS secured wireless network. This ensures Internet content is filtered for each student connected to the network while on school property.
To get more information about the BYOD program at your school, contact your local school administrator. The permission form, a set of frequently asked questions, and a brief video about the BYOD program can be found at
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