bring your own device (byod)
fairfax county public schools is committed to providing a safe and robust digital environment to support student learning and success, and we make fcps student devices available to students who need them. Thanks to the evolution of web-based applications at FCPS, we also encourage families to choose to have their students use a family-owned device for learning, also known as a BYOD. If your student wishes to use a family device, please follow the procedures below.
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- make sure your family device meets the following criteria:
- the byod device must be the equivalent of a laptop with a screen and keyboard. smartphones, smart watches, and other wearable technology are not considered acceptable equivalents of laptops. Please note that Pre-K and Kindergarten students are typically issued an iPad to learn at FCPS.
- byod device must be able to connect to wifi fcps to access learning resources. cellular device connections are not acceptable while on fcps property.
- the byod device must be able to run google chrome, the internet browser approved by fcps.
Please note that some standardized tests require the student to take the test on a device owned by FCPS. We will have an FCPS device available for your child to use during testing periods.
fcps policies on byod
register the byod device with the school
fcps has an established process for adding byod devices to our network. Onboarding guides for different devices can be found on the byod settings page. fcps support specialists can help students onboard their byod devices.
personal device care policy
All devices must arrive at school fully charged for the day. fcps is not responsible for providing charging stations for personal devices. families should ensure that the device remains in good working order and that the operating system is up to date so that it can run modern applications. fcps does not perform repairs or maintenance on personally owned devices.
security, theft or damage
Personally owned devices, including the safe storage and care of those devices, are the sole responsibility of the student. fcps is not responsible for the security of personal devices, or for the loss, damage, or theft of such devices.
if a device is damaged at school
fcps is not responsible for damage to personal devices. If a student’s personal device is damaged at school, the student must put the device away and notify the teacher. fcps can provide a temporary loaner device to students to continue their learning. the student must take the personal device home at the end of the school day so that the student and parent can troubleshoot the device. fcps does not provide technical support or repair of personal devices.
internet content filtering
To facilitate instruction and practice internet safety, the fcps internet connection is protected by firewalls and internet content filtering. In accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy in the Student Rights and Responsibilities document, students should only use the FCPS Wi-Fi internet connection, not their mobile data connection, with their BYOD device while on FCPS property. fcps. this includes the use of a cell phone as a personal hotspot.
byod device information capture
byod wireless system, fcps integrated, is used for device registration. provides an easy to use mechanism to register byod devices and grant them permission to access the fcps network.
During the registration process, information such as IP address and Mac address is collected and recorded to enable the network to recognize the device and its connection point for future logins. this information could also be used to search for a missing device or to identify the source of any inappropriate activity discovered on our network. fcps does not actively monitor the content of byod devices; however, fcps reserves the right to investigate all potential acceptable use policy violations occurring on our network, including all fcps and byod devices, to determine if any violations have occurred.
considerations when purchasing a device for your child
While FCPS cannot recommend specific technology products, we do support use on multiple platforms, including Windows devices, MacBook devices, iPads, and Chromebooks. We encourage parents to consider the following when purchasing a student device:
- the size, weight and durability of the device. remember that the student will carry the device to and from school.
- battery life. devices must arrive at school fully charged each day and need a battery to last most of the day.
- the included software. consider if the device needs additional software appropriate for the class/courses the student is taking.
- Available discounts. Many companies offer student device discount programs. In addition, the federal Affordable Connectivity Program provides eligible households with a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop or tablet from participating providers.