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Student Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy

SPS Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy

Through the generosity of the voters of Seattle, SPS has enough devices for every SPS student.  SPS strongly recommends that a student requests a district-supplied device for various reasons.  The district centrally manages updates and provides a consistent security posture across district devices. Applications supported by the district undergo thorough testing on supported device models. Additionally, the district wireless network has been optimized for a high-density environment and works best with a SPS-supplied district device.  The network connectivity provided to BYOD devices is best-effort only, and not optimized for large-scale usage due to the variability introduced by BYOD.

The Seattle Public School (SPS) BYOD policy allows high school students to use their personal devices at school or during online learning. To be compatible with classroom or online learning, the device must be able to connect to the  Seattle Public Schools SPS-Username Wi-Fi network. Students will use their devices in the classroom or online learning to access and save information from the Internet, collaborate with other learners, and utilize the productivity tools, such as OneDrive, that are available to them.

Bring Your Own Device Agreement

BYOD Frequently Asked Questions

What grades levels may a student bring their own device?

Must be a high school student.

What devices are appropriate for BYOD?

Devices that are acceptable for this BYOD include devices with the following minimum specifications:

  • Processor – dual core @2.4 GHz (i5, or i7 Intel processor or equivalent AMD)
  • RAM 8GB
  • Hard Drive – 320GB 5400RPM hard drive or 240 GB for Solid State Drives
  • Dual Band Wireless AC (802.11AC) (WPA2-Enterprise support required)

How do students connect their own laptop or device to school Wi-Fi?

How to Connect to SPS-Username

Students must connect to the SPS-Username network. Students should not use personal hotspots while in district buildings.

Is it mandatory for students to use a BYOD device in school?

Participation in BYOD is optional. All students should be issued a District device; however those who choose not to use their District device may have less than optimal network connectivity and will need to use their District-provided device when district technology is required– for example, SBAC testing, if unable to complete on a personal device.

Will students be able to access inappropriate content?

BYOD will allow students access to the school’s or SPS-Username network. The network is filtered to block access to inappropriate content. However, no filtering system is perfect. If students inadvertently access unsuitable content, they should inform their classroom or online learning teacher immediately. Any intentional attempt to circumvent the network filter is a violation of the district’s network use agreement.

What happens when my child’s device battery dies?

As with a school-issued device, your child is responsible for having their device charged for school or online learning each day. If your child’s device battery dies, it is recommended that the student have access to a charger while in a classroom or online learning sessions.

What if my child’s device is stolen or damaged?

Students using electronic devices at school or using them during online learning do so at their own risk, just like any other personal items. The school or SPS will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen, damaged or misplaced. If school is physically in session, please contact school staff if your student’s device is stolen. It is advised that you label the device and record device details such as make, model, serial number, and install tracking software, if available.

What if a student doesn’t have the resources to purchase a device for school or online learning?

Using a device for personal use is optional. Students not opting to use a personal device can use a school district or SPS issued device. Students may have access to a district or SPS loaner device in the event their device is unavailable for a short period.

Will my child have access to technical support while at school?

Your child should  be familiar with how to use their device. Instructions will be available to explain how to access the SPS-Username network. However, school or SPS personnel will not troubleshoot hardware, software, or network issues on a personal device.

Will my child’s device be confiscated if it is being used inappropriately?

Yes, when school is physically in session. If there is suspicion of inappropriate content or misuse, School Board policy and the student handbook policies will be followed by the school administration, which can include confiscating and searching a device. For online learning, the Principal or Teacher will determine if the student can continue schooling with their current device, based on the severity of the offense.

When can students use their devices at schools or for online learning?

A device must be used for educational purposes under the direction and supervision of school personnel.  Usage is based on the discretion of the teacher and is not guaranteed in every class period.