Parent FAQ's for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
My son or daughter is bringing his iPad to school for instructional purposes. Will he have access to things he normally does with district equipment?
Your son or daughter will have access to any of the web based software high school schooles currently use (Google Docs, Moodle, databases, library search tools etc.). Software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons. You should consult your owner’s manual for software limitations. (e.g. iPads cannot run software requiring Flash Player).
As a parent, am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device etc.) to my child’s technology tool?
No. Currently we are not requiring any additional software for school use. Virus protection is always advised, but not required to access the Guest network. A product called Absolute Software can be installed on the device to track the location in case of theft. While on the WHPS network, students will be monitored through the district’s filter, so there is no need for additional filtering software.
I have read the terms of service and I do not wish to have my daughter accessing the Internet using her own laptop. I would like to allow her to continue using her computer for productivity, but not the Internet. Is this allowable?
The district is not responsible for any damage or theft of student owned equipment. Using tracking software can help locate the equipment if it is stolen, and keeping track of the device’s serial number, model and type will be helpful as well. Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported immediately to an administrator, so he/she can take the appropriate steps.
Teachers make the final decision for any tools used in the classroom; student owned equipment would be no different. It will be up to the individual teachers to communicate their expectations to parents and students. Contact your child’s teachers or administration for his/her expectations.
Will my child have access to communication tools like email or message boards while on the WHPS Guest network?
Yes. All students have user accounts for Google Apps for Education. Google Apps includes email, file storage, blogs, and other useful educational tools.
Board policy is available online at the following link: WHPS Acceptable Use Policy