Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Program
As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. To encourage this growth, students at Sandy Creek High School may now "Bring Your Own Technology" (B.Y.O.T).
Definition of "Technology"
For purposes of B.Y.O.T, "Technology" is privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic hand held equipment or device that includes, but is not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies, portable Internet devices, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), hand held entertainment systems or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.
Only the Internet gateway provided by the school district within the school may be accessed while on campus. Personal Internet connective devices such as but not limited to cell phones/cell network adapters with 3G or 4G data plans are not permitted to be used to access outside Internet sources at any time using those plans.
Security and Damages
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. The Fayette County School System, Sandy Creek High School, its staff, or employees, are not liable for any device lost, stolen, or damaged on campus. If a device is lost, stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal artifacts that are impacted in similar situations. It is recommended that skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged.
B.Y.O.T. Fayette County Student Agreement
The use of technology to access educational material is not a necessity or a right but a privilege. A student does not have a right to use his or her laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while at school. When abused, privileges will be taken away. When respected, they will benefit the learning environment as a whole. Students and parents/guardians participating in B.Y.O.T. must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, as well as all Board policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use (Policy IFBG) and Internet Safety (Policy IFBGE). Additionally:
- Students are responsible for the safety and security of all of their belongings, including any electronic devices.
- Technology is allowed for educational purposes and only to enhance the classroom learning experience. Teachers will indicate through signage and verbal communication when it may be used and for what purpose(s). Uses of technology that distract from learning will be handled as any other distracting items by the teacher in the classroom.
- Student devices must use the filtered wifi service provided by the school. Students may not use their personal data plans (i.e. 3G/4G service) on their devices while at school.
- Students are responsible for the management, troubleshooting, and technical support of their personal devices.
- Students should expect not to use technology on days of tests and standardized assessments where the chance of a violation of testing security would increase in the presence of student technology.
- The use of technology in a classroom is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use of a device can result in the loss of this privilege and potential other disciplinary consequences. Student use of technology is governed by a teacher's rules in his or her classroom, the Student Code of Conduct, and the Fayette County School System Internet Acceptable Use Policy.