Bring Your Own Device Statement of Use

PURPOSE

Buncombe County Schools (BCS) is committed to moving students and staff forward in a 21st century learning environment.  As part of this plan, Buncombe County Schools will allow students and staff to bring their own devices (BYOD) during any teaching and learning day.  With classroom teacher discretion, students may use their own devices in the classroom.  Participants should use personal devices during the instructional day to support their educational activities and maintain academic integrity in all their work at all times.  Access for personal reasons is secondary and must not disrupt the learning of others.  The current cell phone policy for students remains in effect and supersedes this statement of use.

PLAN

Since the 2013-14 school year, students and staff may bring their own devices (BYOD) to school during any teaching and learning day.  The BYOD wireless network will only provide filtered Internet access.  BCS staff are not responsible for configuring personal devices to access this network.  Users may not access the Buncombe County Schools network via hardwired connection with any personal device.  BOYD devices will not have access to the internal BCS network or resources provided by the internal BCS network, including shared drives and printers.  Use of a device under the district’s BYOD Statement of Use requires the user’s adherence to the BCS Technology Responsible Use Policy (3225/4312/7320) and Internet Safety Policy (3226/4205).

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

Responsibility for maintenance and repair of privately owned devices rests with the individual owner.  Buncombe County Schools (BCS), and its employees, are not responsible for the maintenance and repair of personal devices.  Submitted Bolt tickets without proper asset management tags associated with BCS property will not be supported.

SECURITY AND DAMAGES

It is the joint responsibility of school personnel and the parent or guardian of each student to educate the student about his/her responsibilities and to establish expectations when using technology.  Responsibility to keep privately owned devices safe and secure rests with the individual owner.  BYOD participants are prohibited from sharing personal devices, creating “hot spots”, and deliberately tampering with school system property or property of others, including uploading and downloading illegal material or inappropriate content.  Use of a personal device that has full wireless access from a 3rd party carrier requires the users’ adherence to the district’s BYOD Technology Responsible Use Policy (3225/4312/7320) and Internet Safety Policy (3226/4205).

Buncombe County Schools (BCS), and its employees, are not liable for any device stolen or damaged while on campus or off-campus at a BCS sponsored event.  If a device is stolen or damaged, such incidents will be handled through the local administrative office in the same manner as other personal artifacts that are impacted in similar situations.  Any device connecting to the district internal WiFi is subject to seizure under certain circumstances.

STUDENT FAQ

I brought my personal device to school to use in the classroom, but my teacher said I couldn’t use it in his/her classroom.  Can I still use it?

Answer:  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.  Bringing your own device is only an option, not guaranteed for each classroom situation.  In addition to the teacher directing how/when the devices are to be used, it should also be emphasized that personal devices are only to be used for an academic purpose.  Devices are not to be out at any time (including before or after school) other than those directed by the teacher.  Students that violate this policy may lose the privilege of bringing any device to school.

I need to print something.  Is this allowed?

Answer:  No, students are not allowed to print items from any wireless device.  Students that attempt to print from their wireless device may lose the privilege to bring their device to school.

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

Answer:  Bringing your own technology device 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 in case of theft.  Buncombe County Schools is not responsible for the theft of a device, nor are we responsible for any damage done to the device while at school.  Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported immediately to the school administration so he/she can take the appropriate steps.  Damage or theft is still the responsibility of the owner.

Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) I agreed to, even though this is my own personal device?

Answer:  Yes.  The BCS Technology Acceptable Use and Internet Policy (646) remains in effect even when you are using your own device.  Violating the terms of the AUP would be a student code of conduct violation and would be dealt with on campus with a local school administrator.

Will there be a penalty to my grade if I do not have my own device?

Answer:  No.  Devices are never required and therefore, a grade cannot be taken

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