King George County Public School District is committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. Students and staff will now be able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, Smartphones, etc) during the school day. With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with other students. Many schools across the nation are implementing Bring Your Own Device policies for their students and staff. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus we are hoping to increase the access all students have to the technology they need to succeed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning in school year 2013-14 King George County Schools, students and staff may use Personal Electronic Devices (including but not limited to laptops, tablets, smartphones, and e-readers) connected only to the KGCS wireless network for academic purposes at the discretion of the school administrator and classroom instructor. All staff and students must abide by the Acceptable Use Policy and the Code of Conduct. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found below.
Will the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)be revised to include BYOD?
The BYOD guidelines have been added to the AUP for the 2013-2014 school year. They will also be part of the sign-off by students and parents at the beginning of the school year.
How may my child use their device during the school day?
Students may use their devices to complete in class activities, 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, at the direction of the teacher or administration.
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 sed in open areas (hallways, cafeteria, locker rooms, bathrooms, stairwells, etc.)
Will there be a permission form that needs to be signed before a student brings their own device to school?
No. There is no special permission form to be signed, but students are always expected to abide by the Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Policy.
What consequences will a student face if he or she is in violation of the AUP or Code of Conduct regarding BYOD?
If a student is not following the school division policy for the use of his or her personally owned device, the student may lose that privilege or face other disciplinary consequences at the discretion of the building administration.
How can a teacher or staff member tell if a student is using a non-school wireless connection to the Internet rather than the school division’s wireless access?
While it can be difficult to tell at times, if a staff member sees a student accessing a website that is typically blocked from the KGCS network, the student is likely on a non-school connection. The quickest way to help enforce this is by observing what students are accessing.
What about security/theft/damage?
Devices are the sole responsibility of the student. King George County Schools 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.
Will the wireless access be filtered?
Yes.The wireless Internet access available through the KGCS wireless network will be filtered in at a level similar to that of an elementary school student.
Will there be technical assistance provided to access the wireless network?
No. Since there are literally hundreds of devices that could be brought to school as part of the BYOD program, there is no technical assistance provided other than providing the name of the wireless connection. Students will be expected to know how to connect their own devices.
Will students be able to recharge devices during the school day?
No. Students are not permitted and should not have the expectation that they will be able to charge devices at school. Many school buildings do not have the capacity to handle additional electrical demands for charging personally owned devices.
Will students be able to use earbuds or other types of headsets?
Yes. Students may use these during class with the permission of the teacher or administrator.
Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video)?
No. Only with the permission of the teacher or administrator, please see the Division Code of Conduct for more details.
May teachers require students to bring their own devices?
No. Students are not required to participate in the BYOD program.
Will students be able to use their devices before or after school? During lunch? In the library media center?
The administration at each school will determine which, if any, locations other than the classroom setting that personally owned devices may be used during the instructional day. However, if the use of the device causes disruption in the specific setting, the student will be directed to put it away.
May students use another student’s device?
No. Devices should only be used by the owner of the device. Usually, having physical access to a personal device also provides the ability to email or text message from the device.
How will students be able to access network resources such as printers and network drives?
Students will not have the capability to print or access other internal network resources from their devices in school.
How will teachers prevent students from just texting their friends or just surfing the Web?
Students should be instructed to put devices away when they are not completing a specific instructional task. Teachers should always be mindful of what students are doing during class.
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. Students who do not choose to bring their own device to school will still be able to use school technology resources for instruction.