Bring Your Own Device Policy for Amarillo Independent School District
Parents/Guardians and Students,
The Amarillo Independent School District has recently adopted a Bring Your Own (BYO) policy for all schools in the district. This policy will allow students and staff to bring many of their own technology devices to school for use in our classrooms. Many teachers will now be incorporating the use of such items as laptops, iPads, netbooks, tablets, and cell phones with browsing capabilities for educational purposes when deemed instructionally appropriate.
With teacher approval, students may use their devices in the classroom to access and save information from the Internet, collaborate with other learners, and utilize the productivity tools available to them through various software applications. Similar to other personally owned items, the district is not liable for the loss, damage, misuse, or theft of personally owned devices brought to school.
This notification is to inform and guide you through this new opportunity.
Pease note that students are never required to bring in outside technology to school. All students will continue to be able to utilize our school equipment. No student will be left out of the instructional process. AISD, Crockett Middle School and staff members will not be responsible for any financial obligations resulting from standard messaging or data charges incurred by students who choose to bring their own device.
- Maximize student learning by integrating tech-rich experiences into the curriculum to acquire, evaluate, create, and share digital information
- Help students achieve media and technology literacy while maintaining a safe and ethical online environment
- Provide an “always-on” digital learning environment for students.
- Leverage student-owned devices and digital tools to engage, instruct, and extend student learning.
EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS:
- Adhere to AUP, campus, and district policies—see Devices Policy below.
- Students will only use appropriate technology at their teacher’s discretion.
- Students will only use appropriate educational applications on their device (i.e. not games and/or non-school related tasks and functions).
- Students are not to call, text message, email, or electronically communicate with others from their personal device during the school day unless directed by their teacher.
- Students are permitted to access only the school’s guest network through their personal device(s), Accessing private networks such as 3G, 4G, LTE, or personal hotspots while at school is prohibited. More information will be provided to students for accessing the available guest network.
- The District may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on district servers are private.
- Students are responsible at all times for their use of the District’s electronic communication system and must assume personal responsibility to behave ethically and responsibly, even when technology provides them the freedom to do otherwise.
- Students are not permitted to use any electronic device to record audio or video media or take pictures of any student or staff member without their permission. The distribution of any unauthorized media is a breach of AUP and subject to disciplinary procedures set forth in the District Code of Conduct.
- Students using personal devices for school purposes must log in with their AISD username and password.
- Students must not access, modify, download, or install computer programs, files, or information belonging to others.
- Students must not release personal information on the Internet or electronic communications.
- Personal AISD network access information, username and password, should not be conveyed to other students or attempts be made to use anyone else’s accounts.
- If a student finds an inappropriate site or image, he or she must immediately minimize the program and contact the instructor.
- Students must not create/publish/submit or display any materials/media that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal and should report any instances encountered.
- Students shall adhere to all laws and statutes related to issues of copyright or plagiarism.
- Violation of any of these standards may result in suspension of computer use, Internet privileges and/or other disciplinary action.
QUESTION & ANSWER
I brought my device to school to use in the classroom, but my teacher said I couldn’t use it in their classroom. May I still use it?
The teacher in the classroom has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If he or she asks you not to use your device, then you should follow those directions. Access is available but not guaranteed for each classroom situation.
I just can’t get my device to connect to the guest network. May I get some help from someone?
It is not the responsibility of your teachers or other AISD staff to troubleshoot individual devices during the school day. Check your owner’s manual for issues concerning network connectivity.
What if my device is stolen or damaged?
Students bring electronic communication devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal item. The district will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen, or misplaced, including those that have been confiscated.
Where is the best place to save work completed on my device?
Check with your teacher for the best place to save your work. Different applications require different procedures.
I don’t have my own electronic communications device to bring to school. Will I be penalized or miss out on instruction?
No! It is not mandatory for students to bring a device. When electronic devices are used to enhance learning in the classroom, students without a personal device will be provided access to an appropriate district owned digital device. Keep in mind that learning can be enhanced greatly for the entire class even if only a handful of students have a device!
Why am I filtered on my own computer? Shouldn’t I be able to see what I want to on my own device?
Student filtering is a requirement of all public schools by federal law. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered, regardless of the device you use to access the network while in a public school. The device belongs to you; the network you are using while at school belongs to AISD and will be filtered.
As a parent, am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) to my child’s technology device?
No. Currently we are not requiring any additional software for school use. Virus protection is always advised, but not required to participate in BYO. While on the AISD network, students will be monitored through the district’s filter, so there is no need for additional filtering software.
Is it required that I use the AISD guest network? May I use my own 3G, 4G, LTE or personal hotspot service?
It is absolutely required that you use the district filtered wireless. Using your own wireless provider during school is a breach of AUP and subject to disciplinary procedures set forth in the District Code of Conduct.
I have read the terms of service, and I do not wish to have my child accessing the Internet using his/her own device. I would like to allow them to use their device for productivity, but not the Internet. Is this possible?
I am having problems with the hardware of my personal electronic device. Is there someone that can help me?
It is not the responsibility of your teachers or other AISD staff to troubleshoot individual devices during the school day. Check your owner’s manual for issues concerning problems with your personal electronic device.
My personal electronic device needs to be charged. May I charge the device during class?
Personal electronic devices need to be fully charged before arriving at school. Students may not charge devices during the school day.
May an AISD employee search my device?
Any searches of personal telecommunications or other personal electronic devices will be conducted in accordance with law, and the device may be confiscated in order to perform a lawful search. A confiscated device may be turned over to law enforcement to determine whether a crime has been committed.
[See policy FNF (LEGAL) for more information.]
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
**Any parent who wishes that their child use a personally owned electronic device within Crockett Middle School learning locations or classrooms must read and sign this agreement and submit to Crockett Middle School, AISD.
RETURN THIS PAGE TO Crockett Middle School, AISD.
Student’s name (printed) ________________________________________
Grade Level 6 7 8
Parent’s name (printed) _________________________________________
I understand and will abide by the AISD policy and guidelines. I further understand that any violation of the policy may result in the loss of network and/or device privileges as well as other disciplinary action.
Student signature ______________________________________________
As a parent I understand that my child will be responsible for abiding by the policy and guidelines. I have read and discussed them with her/him and my child understands the responsibility he/she has in the use of his/her personal device.
Parent/Guardian’s Signature _____________________________________
**To read the AISD policy and guidelines, go to http://crockettamaisd.sharpschool.com/for_parents and choose BYOD.