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, Tablets , 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.

Student are NOT required to register their own personal computing devices anymore. There has been a policy change as of 2014-15 school year. However, FCPS recommends that students use the FCPSMobile Wireless Network when using their devices in the building. This wireless network is more powerful and offer the best security and filtering for students. Please contact the SBTS at Marshall for further information.

It is important to remember that only devices 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
Links:
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