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BYOD Guidelines

Chelmsford Public Schools
Technology and Information Services
Guidelines for Bring Your Own Device

In the high school, students are allowed to bring their own personal computing devices with them to school. The following simple guidelines are in place to ensure that students are responsible and respectful users of these devices so that all learners may benefit from wireless access as part of the instructional program. Bringing a personal computing device to school is a big responsibility.  Parents and students in the high school should consider together whether or not it is the right choice for an individual student.

  • Only use your personal computing device in class when your teacher gives permission
  • Always be fully engaged in your class work
  • Know and respect the responsible use guidelines for technology – they apply to your own personal computing device
  • Secure your personal computing device in your locked locker when it cannot be with you

Frequently Asked Questions:

When can I use my personal computing device in the high school?

High School Personal Computing Device Use

  • Before/After School – Yes
  • In class when my teacher approves  – Yes
  • During lunch – No

Where can I use my personal computing device at school?

  • The high school is completely wireless, however the best places to use your Classrooms, Learning Commons

Where shouldn’t I use my personal computing device at school?

  • Cafeteria, Locker Room, Gymnasium, During Assemblies
  • Personal computing devices should be locked in your locker when not in use.

What if I don’t have a personal computing device?  Will I miss out on instructional opportunities?

  • Absolutely not!  Students are not required to bring their own personal computing devices, even if they own one.  Students who do not bring personal devices will be provided with a school-owned computing device when digital tools are being used to enhance learning in the classroom.

What if something is wrong with my personal computing device or I don’t know how to use a program?

  • Our technology staff is not able to repair or troubleshoot personal computing devices for non-connectivity issues.  Make sure that your personal computing device meets the minimum technical specifications for connecting to our wireless network and that you are familiar with the programs and applications you want to use for your personal productivity at school.  If you just can’t get something to work, set up an appointment to see Mrs. Sweeney or Mr. O’Sullivan in the high school technology office.  They will work with you and our technology staff to find the best solution.

What if my personal computing device is stolen?

  • We expect that our students will demonstrate good judgment and take the proper steps to ensure the security of their personal devices while at school.  We recommend that you label or engrave your name on your personal computing device and use your device’s password protection feature.  If you cannot have your device with you (such as at P.E., in the cafeteria, during after school activities, etc.), you must secure it in your locked locker.  As with all personal items, students bring electronic devices to school at their own risk. The Chelmsford Public Schools cannot be held responsible for stolen, damaged, or misplaced items.

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