Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guidelines
Methacton School District (MSD) is committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. Therefore, starting the 2014-2015 school year, the MSD will allow staff and students to use privately owned electronic devices to access the District's wireless network. Connecting to the MSD BYOD network with privately owned electronic devices is a privilege, not a right, and it is not a requirement for any students or staff. Permission to bring and use privately owned devices is contingent upon adherence to BYOD guidelines and the MSD Board Policy 815 - Acceptable Use of Communications and Information Systems. If a privately owned device is used to disrupt the educational environment, in the sole opinion of the MSD, the privileges may be limited or revoked.
Implemented Schools: Students - High School Only; Staff - All buildings.
- Staff, Guest and student use of a privately owned electronic device must support the current instructional and operational activities occurring in the school environment.
- Privately owned electronic devices may include: Wi-Fi enabled Laptops, Tablets, and Mobile Phones.
- Student use of a privately owned electronic device in the classroom will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher and/or administrator. The use of mobile devices could cause a distraction for others; classroom teachers may prohibit, restrict, or regulate use of personally-owned devices when necessary.
- Sound should be muted unless the teacher or administrator grants permission for use of sound for the instructional activities. Staff may permit the use of ear buds or other types of headphones.
- Privately owned electronic devices with camera, video, or audio recording capabilities can be used only for educational use under the authority of the teacher and must not be used to impinge upon the privacy of students and staff. Students and staff may not be electronically captured without the expressed consent of individuals to be captured.
- Students who bring devices to school are responsible to make sure they are charged. The District will consider adding charging stations when necessary.
- Students' privately owned electronic device are expected to access the Internet using the MSD wireless network (SSID: MSD BYOD). Use of cellular carrier services to access the Internet during school hours, such as Verizon and AT&T 3G, 4G, & LTE networks, are not permitted.
- Under no circumstances may a privately owned electronic device be connected to the MSD wired network, via a network cable or any other means.
- The use of any device to illegally collect any data or disrupt networking services is strictly prohibited.
- No MSD owned hardware or software can be installed on a privately owned electronic device.
- Establishing a wireless ad-hoc or peer-to-peer network through the use of a privately owned electronic device or any other wireless device while on school grounds is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, using a privately owned electronic device as a cabled or wireless hotspot.
- Privately owned electronic device are brought to school at the risk of the device owner and/or guardian. In the event that the device is lost, stolen or damaged, the MSD will not be held responsible for any financial or data loss. Administration's opportunities to investigate lost, stolen or damaged devices are limited.
- Staff and students are responsible for maintaining the security of the privately owned electronic device.
- The privately owned electronic device owner is the only person allowed to use the device.
- The device owner and/or guardian of any student bringing a privately owned electronic device to school will be responsible and held liable for any damages that their device may cause through the use of the MSD wireless network.
- Violation of MSD policies, local, state and/or federal laws while using a personal electronic device on the MSD wireless network will result in appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action as specified in the Student/Parent Handbook, School Board policy, as well as local, state and/or federal law.
- The MSD cannot and will not provide technical assistance to any privately owned electronic device beyond giving advice.
- The MSD reserves the right to confiscate, or retain the privately owned electronic device if there is reason to suspect that the MSD policies or local, state and/or federal laws have been violated.