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District Policy

Harris County Schools
Protocol for the Use of Student Owned Technology
At School
Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)

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 in select classes may now bring their own technology (BYOT). All students and staff wishing to participate in BYOT must first attend training on using personally owned devices while on school campus and at school sponsored activities.

Definition of “Technology”
For purposes of BYOT, “Technology” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic hand held equipment that includes, but is not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies, portable internet devices, e-book readers, hand held entertainment systems, gaming devices, 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 may be accessed while on campus. Personal internet connective devices such as but not limited to cell phones / cell network adapters are not permitted to be used to access outside internet sources at any time.

Security and Damages
Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. The Harris County School System, staff, and employees are not liable for any device stolen or damaged on campus. If a device is 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 appropriate 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. Harris County Student Agreement
The use of technology to provide educational material is not a necessity but a privilege. BYOT is a privilege with the explicit purpose of allowing students access to educational material during teacher guided instruction and/or assignments. A student does not have the right to use his or her laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while at school for non-approved purposes. 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 Acceptable Use Agreements and Guidelines (Policy Exhibits IFBGE). Additionally, technology:
1. Must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding school buses.
2. May not be used to cheat on assignments or tests, or for non-instructional purposes (such as
making personal phone calls and text/instant messaging).
3. May not be used to record, transmit or post photographic images or video of a person, or persons on campus during school activities and/or hours without the permission of the person or persons.
4. May only be used to access files on computer or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum. Games are not permitted.

Students acknowledge that:
1. The school's network filters will be applied to one's connection to the internet and attempts will not be made to bypass them.
2. Bringing on premises or infecting the network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorized data or information is in violation of Policy IFBG.
3. Processing or accessing information on school property related to “hacking”, altering, or bypassing network security policies is in violation of policy IFBG.
4. The school district has the right to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing problems or was the source of an attack or virus infection.
5. Printing from personal laptops will not be possible at school.
6. Personal technology is charged prior to bringing it to school and runs off its own battery while at school.