Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Protocols
At Dayton ISD, we utilize technology as one way of enhancing the mission to teach the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students will need in order to succeed in the global community. These technologies include district‐provided equipment as well as personal devices. With these new opportunities come new responsibilities. We want students to embrace the appropriate use of technology so they may become responsible, digital citizens.
Many classrooms in Dayton ISD are participating in our BYOD initiative. This initiative allows, and even encourages, students to bring personal digital devices to school for instructional purposes. These devices can be any device that they are comfortable using, which will provide them with access to a wide range of digital tools. These may include such devices as cell phones, laptops and tablets, just to name a few.
Students will be told by their teachers and campus administration whether or not their campus is participating. Students participating in BYOD must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, as well as all Board policies, particularly the Responsible Use Policy (RUP). Additionally, technology devices:
- Must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding school buses.
- May not be used to cheat on assignments or tests.
- May not be used for non‐instructional purposes (such as making personal phone calls and text/instant messaging) during class without the express consent of the teacher.
- May not be used to record, transmit, or post photographic images or video of a person, or persons, on campus during school activities and/or school hours for non‐instructional purposes.
- May only be used to access files, applications or Internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum. Non‐instructional games are not permitted during the instructional day.
In addition to the above mentioned norms, parents and students need to also be aware of the following:
- Only the Internet gateway provided by the school may be accessed while on campus. Personal Internet connections including, but not limited to, cell phones/cell network adapters are not permitted to be used to access outside Internet sources at any time while on campus. Only the District’s connection to the Internet should be used for accessing Internet resources.
- The district’s network filters and policies will be applied to all connections to the Internet and attempts to bypass them are not allowed.
- Processing or accessing information on school property related to “hacking”, altering or bypassing network security policies is in violation of the RUP.
- The district has the right to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing problems or is the source of an attack or virus infection.
- Printing from personal technology devices will not be possible at school.
- Personal technology devices must be charged prior to bringing them to school and must run off their own battery while at school.
- The district is NOT responsible for stolen or damaged personal technology devices.
- The district is NOT responsible for the maintenance or repair of any personal technology device.
- The district is NOT responsible for any costs incurred due to the use of personal technology devices.
Finally, it is assumed that students who bring a personal digital device to school and who have a signed Responsible Use Policy (RUP) on file have parental permission to participate in the District's BYOD program. To revoke this permission, parents should contact the school directly to inform them that their child is not allowed to bring/use a personal technology device at school.