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FAQs

What is BYOD?

  • BYOD is an acronym for Bring Your Own Device.
  • “Bring Your Own Device” is a program where staff and students can bring their privately-owned computing devices to school and connect them to the school's wireless network that will allow filtered internet access on school property.

Why BYOD?

Orinda Intermediate School has decided to implement a  Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program to help eliminate shared devices in an effort to  protect students in hybrid instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How will mobile devices be used in the classroom?

  • Projects
  • Research
  • Response device for assessments
  • Collaboration
  • Video conferencing 
  • Presentations
  • Other instructional and school related purposes

Which mobile devices are allowed?

  • Internet enabled devices that can connect to the district’s wireless network
  • These devices may include, but are not limited to:
    • Chromebooks
    • Tablets
    • Laptops
  • Mobile phones or devices with a cellular connection are strictly prohibited.
  • Families must register their devices ahead of time and agree to usage guidelines.

Can students use their devices at any time?

  • No. The teacher in the classroom has the final say on procedures in the classroom.
  • Devices are never allowed in restrooms, hallways, and locker rooms.
  • Use of the BYOD network is for instructional and school-related purposes only.
  • Students who use devices without permission will be subject to disciplinary action.

How will students be prevented from texting their friends or surfing the web?

  • The school's network utilizes a firewall to block access to inappropriate, malicious and social media content.
  • Students will be instructed on appropriate times and ways the devices can be used.
  • Students will also be instructed to put devices away when they are not completing a specific instructional task.

How will students access the internet?

  • Students will access the internet through the OUSD wireless network on a registered device.
  • No outside data services may be used while on school property or at school events. Internet filtering is a requirement of all public schools.
  • Any and all access may be monitored for the purposes of network security and student safety.

What are the responsibilities of the students?

  • Read, agree and adhere to the OUSD Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Access the internet through the OUSD network only. Access to the internet through data plans such as 3G/4G network is strictly prohibited.
  • Students will sign in using their network username and password to browse the internet.
  • The student is responsible for the condition of their device used for BYOD including updates, antivirus software and any repairs.
  • Personal devices should be brought to school fully charged and should be capable of lasting a full school day without recharging.
  • The student is fully responsible, at all times, for personal devices brought to school. OUSD is NOT responsible for any theft or damage.

What are some of the other guidelines in place for students?

  • Unauthorized audio or video recording is prohibited. Voice, video, and image capture applications may only be used with prior teacher permission and for a specific instructional purpose.

Can students print from their devices?

  • No. Students will not be able to access printers at OUSD from their personal computing devices at this time.

Is technical support available for student devices?

  • No. Each student is responsible for his/her own device: set-up, maintenance, charging, and security.
  • Staff members will not store student devices at any time, nor will any district staff diagnose, repair, or work on a student’s personal telecommunication device.
  • It is not the responsibility of the teachers or other OUSD staff to troubleshoot individual devices.

What are a parent’s responsibilities?

  • Carefully read and review the Acceptable Use Policy with your child(ren).
  • Complete the BYOD permission form with make, model and serial number of each device.
  • Be sure the child’s device is in proper working order and is fully charged daily.
  • Monitor the child’s usage of his or her mobile devices.

What if a child doesn’t have a device to bring to school?

  • Students without a personal device will be allowed to check out a district-owned chromebook.