Students interested in BYOD should contact their school technology team for the details of the registration process for their particular school. Students that participate are responsible for their devices and both the student and parent are required to read and accept the personally owned computing/network device acceptance of responsibility and device use agreement permission form (PDF). Once the signed permission form is returned to the school, a sticker will be placed on the device to signify it has been approved for the BYOD program in FCPS.
Students will use their registered devices to complete in class activities, check FCPS 24/7, complete homework, collaborate in real time, research for projects, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments, and record journal entries and other approved instructional activities.
Students should only bring personal devices for a specific use in classes where the teacher has permitted them. Unless otherwise noted, devices are not to be used in open areas (hallways, cafeteria, locker rooms, bathrooms, stairwells, etc.)
Devices are the sole responsibility of the student. FCPS accepts no responsibility for the security or safety of the device. Students are responsible for the security of the device. Teachers and other staff will not store or hold onto devices. School technology support or teachers will not support, repair or troubleshoot student devices.
It is recommended that personally owned devices come to school with a full charge. Students should be made aware that the school is not responsible to provide an opportunity or the necessary power to charge their device during the school day.
FCPS does not provide or require apps or software for personally owned devices. Classroom lessons will be tailored for the technology that all students have access to. If possible, a student may choose to complete the same lesson on their personal device. The internet browser built into the personally owned devices can be used to access the FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) system and the FCPS Google Apps for Education application.
The student will put the device away and take it home at the end of the school day where the student and parent can troubleshoot the device. FCPS has limited resources and cannot provide comprehensive support for the wide variety of devices allowed under this program.
To facilitate instruction and practice internet safety, FCPS’s internet connection is protected by an internet content filter. Cellular data plans do not use FCPS’s internet connection and therefore do not use FCPS’s internet content filter. Students should only use the FCPS WiFi internet connection with their BYOD device while on FCPS property.
Personally owned devices are a supplement to the equipment already in use in the classroom. BYOD is an optional program and parents are not required to purchase a device for their child. However, parents who are considering technology purchases for their students may want to explore the Technology@Home program. While FCPS does not recommend specific technology products, Technology@Home enables FCPS students and staff members to purchase and/or download technology products for home use directly from vendors at discount rates. It includes computers, software, and other technology products.
March 14, 2013