BYOD Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a BYOD Program?

  • Makes possible a 21st century classroom
  • Fosters student ownership of their own learning
  • Student real time access to information
  • Smooth transition between home and school
  • Provides easier student access to online instructional materials
  • Supplements school resources and equipment

What document governs the use of BYOD within FCPS?

Student participation in BYOD is governed by the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document.  Parents and students are required to read and accept the Acceptable Use Policy for Student Network Access within the SR&R document.  BYOD permission is now acknowledged by signing the parent and/or guardian signature sheet within Student Rights and Responsibilities.

How will my child be using their device during the school day?

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.)

What about security/theft/damage?

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. 

What is the policy on charging personally owned devices while at school?

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.

What apps/software will be used in the classroom?

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.

What happens if the device breaks while in school?

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.

Will the device be protected with Internet Content Filtering?

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.

Should I go out and buy my child a device?

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.

Does the BYOD wireless system, FCPS Onboard allow FCPS to monitor activities on BYOD devices?

The BYOD wireless system, FCPS Onboard, is used solely for device registration, not device management and, therefore, doesn’t provide FCPS the capability to monitor activities on BYOD devices. The purpose of the system is to provide an easy-to-use mechanism to register BYOD devices to allow students and employees the ability to use their own device on the FCPS enterprise wireless network and Internet. 

During the registration process, information such as IP address and MAC address are collected and logged. This information would be used to locate a device if it is misplaced or if inappropriate activity, in possible violation of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), was traced back to a particular device on the network. It is not the intention of FCPS to actively manage, monitor or access BYOD devices. In situations where there is a potential AUP violation, FCPS does reserve the right to investigate all devices and activities on the FCPS network, including BYOD devices, to determine if any wrongdoing occurred. 

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