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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

     
The School Board for Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) approved changes to existing policies and regulations that allow all students, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year to use their privately owned electronic devices for instructional purposes to access the division’s wireless network and filtered Internet content.
 
Below are answers to questions teachers, parents, and students may have regarding how the devices may be used in a classroom setting or during the school day.
     
1.   What does B.Y.O.D. stand for?
2.   Why is Chesapeake Public Schools allowing students to bring their personal devices to school?
3.   What is a “Device”?
4.   Are students allowed to bring their devices to use at school?
5.   Who is eligible to bring a device to school?
6.   Are students expected or required to bring in a personal device?
7.   Are there specific recommended devices for students and/or for teachers?
8.   Are there suggested accessories?
9.   Will students be able to recharge devices during the school day?
10.   What network and Internet access will be available?
11.   Are students and teachers still bound to school-defined technology ethics, policies, and guidelines if they bring devices to use at school?
12.   Who pays for the technology brought to school?
13.   Is Internet access at home required?
14.   Will a student be at a disadvantage if they don't have a personal computing device when they come to school next fall?
15.   Can a personal device be used for productivity purposes but not access the Internet?
16.   Will the device be protected with Internet content filtering?
17.   Is additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) required to be installed on the device that will be used at school?
18.   Can a teacher require a student to purchase a specific software program or application for his or her device?
19.   How will the device be used in the classroom?
20.   When can the students use their devices?
21.   How will students be prevented from texting their friends or surfing the web?
22.   How will students connect to the Internet?
23.   Will the personal device be required to use the school's wireless network?
24.   Will parents have access to the guest network after school hours for various school meetings or events?
25.   Will students have access to communication tools like email or social networking sites?
26.   What if a student's device is stolen or damaged?
27.   Will student access be the same as they get with district equipment?
28.   What if a student bullies another during school using their personal device?
29.   Can an administrator revoke a student's BYOD privilege?
30.   Can a student use a device at any time?
31.   Is technical support available if the device won't connect to the network, stops working, or breaks?
32.   Why am I filtered on my own computer? Shouldn't i be able to see what I want to on my own device?
33.   Where is the work to be stored?
34.   Is there access to school printers from a device brought from home?
35.   Will students be able to use ear buds or other types of headsets?
36.   Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video)?
37.   May I use software, applications or programs of my own?
38.   Are teachers required to implement the use of personal computing devices in their classroom instruction?
     
     
     
FAQ Answers:
     
     
1.   What does B.Y.O.D. stand for?
    "Bring Your Own Device" is a program where staff and students can bring their privately-owned computing devices to school and connect them to the division’s wireless network that will allow filtered Internet access on school property.
   
     
2.   Why is Chesapeake Public Schools allowing students to bring their personal devices to school?
    Allowing students to bring their personal devices to school will equip students with an opportunity to competitively function in a global learning community, integrating all available technological resources providing differentiated instruction to lead them through the present and forward into the evolving 21st century learning environment.
  • Fosters student ownership of their own learning
  • Student real-time access to information
  • Smooth transition between home and school
  • Personalized learning in the classroom
  • Supplements school resources and equipment
   
     
3.   What is a “Device?”
    A device can be a personally-owned laptop, netbook, tablet computer, cellphone or smartphone, e-reader, or any other personal computing device.
   
     
4.   Are students allowed to bring their devices to use at school?
    Yes, at their own risk and under specific conditions.
   
     
5.   Who is eligible to bring a device to school?
    Students whose parent/guardian has signed the BYOD permission form included as part of the student packet will be permitted to bring a wireless/portable device to use in school, within the guidelines of the program beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.
   
     
6.   Are students expected or required to bring in a personal device?
    No. Personally owned devices are a supplement to the equipment already in use in the classroom. BYOD is an optional program; parents are not required to purchase 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 device based on availability or provided with an alternative way of completing the assignment.
   
     
7.   Are there specific recommended devices for students and/or teachers?
    No. Buying such devices is a personal choice.  The device must be able to connect wirelessly to the Chesapeake Public Schools wireless network.  All lessons will be based on Internet access, so the only hardware requirement is the ability of the device to connect wirelessly to the CPS wireless network.
   
     
8.   Are there suggested accessories?
    Providing a padded bag or protective sleeve is suggested.  This will provide more protection for the day-to-day use of these computing devices. Students should label all devices and accessories.  
   
     
9.   Will students be able to recharge devices during the school day? 
    No, Charging stations will not be provided.  It is recommended that personally owned devices come to school with a full charge. Students may bring a charging cable, but there is no guarantee there will be time or space to charge the device.
   
     
10.   What network and Internet access will be available?
    Students and teachers will have access to filtered Internet access only. Students will not have access to school-purchased software such as Microsoft Office or network folders and resources. Access will be similar to Wi-Fi Internet access that is available in a public place like some chain restaurants or hotels.
   
     
11.   Are students and teachers still bound to school-defined technology ethics policies and guidelines if they bring devices to use at school?
    Yes. Devices are to be used only for supporting research and education as well as promoting the educational objectives of Chesapeake Public Schools and are not to be used for other purposes unrelated to curricular goals.  Devices used on school property, including school buses, and/or off school property at school-sponsored events, are also subject to Policy 6-36, Acceptable Telecommunications and Internet Use. All use of devices must otherwise comply with all School Division policies.  
   
     
12.   Who pays for the technology brought to school?
    These devices will be purchased by and remain the property of the family.
   
     
13.   Is Internet access at home required? 
    No. Internet access at home (wired or wireless) is not required in order for a student to use a personal computing device at school.
   
     
14.   Will a student be at a disadvantage if they don't have a personal computing device when they come to school next fall?
    No. The student’s learning experience or academic performance will not be affected because he or she does not have an Internet-connected device to bring to school. The curriculum will remain the same.
   
     
15.   Can a personal device be used for productivity purposes but not access the Internet?
    Yes, at appropriate times and in accordance with teacher instruction.  A device must not be a distraction or disruption for the student or others.
   
     
16.   Will the device be protected with Internet content filtering?
    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 used to access the network while in a public school. While on school property, access to your personal broadband service is not allowed for CIPA reasons.

To facilitate instruction and practice Internet safety, CPS’s Internet connection is protected by an Internet content filter. Cellular data plans do not use CPS’s Internet connection and therefore do not use CPS’s Internet content filter. Students may only use the CPS WiFi Internet connection with their BYOD device while on CPS property.

   
     
17.   Is additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) required to be installed on the device which will be used at school?
    Virus protection is highly recommended on devices that can support such a program. Additionally, it is highly recommended that devices have “device locator services” activated.
   
     
18.   Can a teacher require a student to purchase a specific software program or applications for his or her device?
    No. CPS does not provide or require apps or software for personally owned devices. Classroom lessons will be tailored for the technology to which all students have access. If possible, a student may choose to complete the same lesson on their personal device.
   
     
19.   How will the device be used in the classroom?
    Students will use their devices for a variety of activities that will vary from class-to-class. Activities may include completing in-class activities, collaborating in real-time, researching for projects, accessing websites with curriculum-related content, keeping track of classroom assignments, recording journal entries, and other approved instructional activities.
   
     
20.   When can the students use their devices?
    Devices must be used at appropriate times and locations in accordance with teacher instruction. A device must not be a distraction or disruption for the student or others.  Students use devices of in unauthorized locations or during unauthorized times will be subject to disciplinary action.
Devices may never be used in the following locations:
  • Restrooms
  • Locker rooms
  • Hallways
  • Testing locations
Students may be allowed to use devices in other areas of the building at the discretion of building administration.
   
     
21.   How will students be prevented from texting their friends or surfing the Web?
    There is no guarantee that a student will not text friends or perform other unauthorized activities.  Students will be instructed on appropriate times and ways the devices can  be used.  Students will also be instructed to put DEVICES AWAY when they are not completing a specific instructional task.
   
     
22.   How will students connect to the Internet?
    Students who bring their own technology device to school will be required to utilize the CPS wireless network.  Students will sign in using their network username and password to browse the Internet. By logging into the CPS network, they are accepting the terms of the Acceptable Telecommunications and Internet Use Guidelines and Policies. Once on the wireless network, all users will have filtered Internet access just as they would on a district-owned device. 
   
     
23.   Will the personal device be required to use the school’s wireless network?
    Yes. Personal devices are required to use the school’s wireless network.  No outside data services may be used while on school property or at school events 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 used to access the network while in a public school. While on school property, students are not allowed to access personal broadband service for CIPA reasons.  The wireless network available to staff and students through which they can access the Internet allows the same level of access as if they were to use a school-owned device. 
   
     
24.   Will parents have access to the guest network after school hours for various school meetings or events?
    No, not at this time.
   
     
25.   Will students have access to communication tools like email or social networking sites?
    At this time, students will not have access to email.  However, students will have access to CPS approved Web 2.0 and social networking sites such as Edmodo and Desire2Learn for instructional purposes.
   
     
26.   What if a student’s device is stolen or damaged?
    Chesapeake Public Schools is NOT responsible for the theft of a device, nor is the division responsible for damage done to the device while at school. Families must stress the responsibilities their children have when bringing their own computing devices to school.  Students bring electronic communication devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal item. Students are responsible for the security of their devices they bring to school; teachers and other staff will not store nor hold onto student devices. It is always a good idea to record the device's serial number to have in case of theft.  Anytime theft occurs, a school administrator should be contacted to make him/her aware of the situation. Some devices have a device locator; it is recommended to enable this feature if possible.
   
     
27.   Will student access be the same as they get with district equipment?
    No. Students will have access to any of the web-based software the school currently uses (databases, library search tools, etc.). Students will have access to filtered Internet access only. Students will not have access to school-purchased software like Microsoft Office or network folders and resources. Access will be similar to Wi-Fi Internet access in a public place like a restaurant or a hotel.
   
     
28.   What if a student bullies another during school using their personal device?
    Any disciplinary infraction that occurs should be referred to a school administrator. This is a student conduct violation and will be dealt with appropriately.
   
     
29.   Can an administrator revoke a student’s BYOD privilege?
    Yes. If a student is not following the BYOD guidelines for the use of a personally owned device, an administrator can revoke the privilege through the regular discipline process.
   
     
30.   Can a student use a device at any time?
    No. The teacher in the classroom has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If he or she asks a student not to use his or her technology tool, then the device should be put away. Access is only available, not guaranteed for each classroom situation.
   
     
31.   Is technical support available if the device won’t connect to the network, stops working, or breaks?
    No.  Each student is responsible for his/her own device: set-up, maintenance, charging, and security.  Staff members will not store student devices at any time, nor will any district staff diagnose, repair, or work on a student's personal telecommunication device.  It is not the responsibility of the teachers or other CPS staff to troubleshoot individual devices.
   
     
32.   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. While on school property, you are not allowed to access your personal broadband service for CIPA reasons. 
   
     
33.   Where is the work to be stored?
    Student devices are “guests” on the network.  The same access is not provided to network resources.  Work should be stored on a flash drive or the local hard drive on the device.
   
34.   Is there access to school printers from a device brought from home?
    No. Students will not be able to access printers at CPS from their personal computing devices at this time.  
   
     
35.   Will students be able to use ear buds or other types of headsets?
    Students may use these during class, ONLY with the permission of the teacher or administrator. Any other uses outside of the classroom environment are at the discretion of the building administrators. Students may not use ear buds or other types of headsets while in the hallways.
   
     
36.   Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video)?
    Unauthorized audio or video recording is prohibited.  Voice, video, and image capture applications may only be used with prior teacher permission and for a specific instructional purpose.
   
     
37.   May I use software, applications or programs of my own?
    Yes. If you have them on your device and they do not violate school technology policy or guidelines, you can use those applications.
   
     
38.   Are teachers required to implement the use of personal computing devices in their classroom instruction?
    No. Although we encourage teachers to leverage the student-owned technology tools in their classroom for learning, there is no requirement of teachers to allow this. Teachers are in charge of the way their class functions and the rules that apply.