Personally Owned Devices Policy

The Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology has recommended to principals that students be allowed to bring their personally owned computing devices to school for use in the classroom as an instructional tool. Personally owned computing devices, include smartphones (such as iPhones and Androids, laptops, netbooks, tablets (such as iPad, Xoom, Galaxy Tab, etc.), and e-readers that have Wi-Fi capability.

GCM agrees that these devices can enhance the instructional program, and will allow students to use such devices, with teacher permission, in the classroom. The devices may only be used in accordance to the "Color Code System Usage" posted in classrooms and designated areas. Students are responsible for any device they choose to bring to school. When not in use in the classroom, the student is responsible for properly securing 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. Students should fully charge the device prior to bringing it to school as the school is not responsible to provide an opportunity or the necessary power to charge the device during the school day.

To register a device, please follow these steps:
1. Download and print the “Personally Owned Computing Devices Permission Form.”
2.The parent and student should carefully read the entire document.
3.Both the parent and student must sign and date page 3.
4.Complete page 4 by including all the requested information for each device. *If students are unsure how to obtain their Mac Address, they can either do a Google search for “How to find a Mac Address for my (type your device name here)" or download from the list below a step by step process on how to find your devices's unique address.
5.The student must bring the signed permission form (page 3) and the device information form (page 4) to school with the devices every Friday during the month of September or at "Statesmen Start Back To School Event", or at "Back To School Night."
6.Student will present the forms to the technology support staff and the information will be verified. Once verified, the student will be provided with a sticker to adhere to each approved device. This sticker must be on the device in order for it to be used in the classroom.
7.The registration of the devices is to account for them being on the FCPS network.

It is important to remember that only devices with an “FCPS APPROVED” sticker may be used in classrooms or in designated areas according to "The Color Code System Usage." Devices in use by students that have not been approved or are in use outside the classroom fall under the Student Rights & Responsibilities regulation and are subject to confiscation and will be returned to the parent.

Finally, students are bound to and must comply with Regulation 6410, Appropriate Use of Fairfax County Public Schools’ Network and Internet Resources, Regulation 2601, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Regulation 6401, Student Use of FCPS Network and Internet Resources, and DIT Technical Bulletin 302, Use of Privately Owned Computing Devices on FCPS Networks, while on FCPS property or while involved in any FCPS sponsored event/activity, or when using FCPS resources, regardless of who owns the computer or device used by student or how it is connected.

If you have any questions about the process or type of allowed device, please contact Roxanne Kaylor, SBTS (703-714-5334).

*If students are unsure how to obtain their Mac Address, they can do a Google search for “How to find a Mac Address for my (type your device name here)" or download from the list below a step by step process on how to find your device's unique address.

Links:
•PERSONALLY OWNED COMPUTING DEVICE APPLICATION FORM
How to Find the MAC Address on a Mobile Device
How to find your laptop’s MAC address for Windows Vista or Windows 7
How to find your laptop’s MAC address for Windows XP
Regulation 6410 - Appropriate Use of Fairfax County Public Schools' Network and Internet Resources
Regulation 2601 - Students Rights and Responsibilities
Regulation 6401 - Student Use of FCPS Network and Internet Resources
DIT Tech Bulletin 302