Holgate Local Schools

Tiger Pride

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

FAQ - Parents

What type of device can my child bring to school?

Students may use any device that will allow them to access the internet, do word processing, watch a video, and have a battery life that will last the school day. This can include: laptop, netbook, tablet, iPad, iPod, Kindle, Nook, Smartphone

What else should we consider when purchasing a device?

1. Anti-Virus Software
2. Additional battery
3. Theft and hazard insurance

Does my child have to bring in a device? What if a family cannot afford to buy a computer for their child?

No, it is entirely optional. We currently have some district owned laptops for use and plan to purchase additional devices. These devices can only be used at school. Students that own devices can work around the clock and become more productive.

What if my child’s device is stolen or damaged? What recourse can I take?

Students bring electronic communication devices to school at their own risk, just like
any other personal items. The school will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen or damaged.

Is it required that my child use the school wireless connection? Can they use their own 3G or 4G service?

Students with a personally owned device need to use the school’s public wireless network.

My child is bringing a device to school for instructional purposes. Will they have access to things they normally do with district equipment?

Your child will have access to any of the web-based software the school currently uses (databases, library search tools, etc.) Software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons.

How will you handle students accessing inappropriate websites during school?

The schools filters will block as much as possible. Students are still held accountable by the Acceptable Use Policy and the student handbook.

As a parent am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) to my child’s device?

Virus protection for PC’s is required.

How will my son’s/daughter’s device be used in the classroom?

At the teacher’s discretion, students will utilize their devices to access information, do research, solve problems, collaborate, communicate and engage in the curriculum.

Will the students have an email address through the school?

Yes, all students in grades 6-12 will have an email account through the school.

FAQ - Students

I don’t have my own electronic communication 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, even if they do own one. Use of personal electronic devices will be optional. Keep in mind that learning can be enhanced greatly for the entire class even if only a handful of students have a device.

I have my device with me in class. How do I get on the Internet now?

Most devices will detect a wireless connection when you are near one. Most of the time devices will ask you if you would like to join the network when prompted, choose “public” from the list.

My device is not prompting me to choose a wireless network. Is there another way to connect?

In the settings menu of your device, there is usually an icon for a network. Go to this icon and choose “public” from the list or prompt your computer to look for wireless networks in range.

I can’t get my device to connect to the network. Can I get some help from someone?

Please consult with a network administrator for help connecting to the network. It is not the responsibility of your teacher or other staff to troubleshoot individual devices during the school day.

I need to save my work in my network folder. Why can’t I access this resource?

You are on the public network. It is not the same as the network you would normally access from a school computer. You will not see your network folder, so you will need to save your work in another place. Some options include a flash drive, on your own hard drive, Google Docs, Box.com, Dropbox.com, etc.

I need to print the assignment I just completed, why is there no printer when I try

Like the network folders, printers are networked differently in the school and will not be available when you log into the public wireless network. Some network solutions include saving it to a flash drive or printing it from home or another school computer. Keep in mind that using school printers in the classroom or other learning spaces is at the discretion of the teacher or other school administrator.

My device was stolen when I brought it to school. Who should I contact about this?

Holgate Local Schools is not responsible for the theft of a device, nor are they responsible for any damage done to the device while at school. Any time a theft occurs, you should contact a teacher or administrator to make them aware of the offense. Bringing your own devices to school can be useful; however, some risks are involved as well. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft.

Why am I filtered on my own computer? Shouldn’t I be able to see what I want to on my own device?

Internet filtering is a requirement of all public schools. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered regardless of the device you use to access it while in a public school. You own your device, but the network you’re using belongs to the school and Internet access will be filtered.

Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) I signed at the beginning of the school year even though this is my personal device?

Yes, students using a personally owned device must have both the Acceptable Use Policy and the Device User Agreement signed.