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.
FCPSonboard BYOD Registration
FCPS is in the process of implementing a new automated solution for students and staff to self-register their personal BYOD devices and access the FCPS wireless network. Each BYOD device will only need to register one time per school year.
This automated solution will:
1) make BYOD registration more efficient for school staff as they no longer have to manually register devices,
2) ensure that FCPS can account for each and every student device that accesses the FCPS network,
3) improve data for recovering lost or stolen BYOD devices, and
4) improve network security and control.
This wireless onboarding process has already been successfully piloted at several sites. All remaining sites will be added throughout the month of November beginning November 3rd, 2014. Information and support documentation will be provided to the tech support teams at each site prior to scheduled deployment.
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
•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