Fair Lawn School District

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Who is allowed to bring a device to school?
Any Middle or High School student whose parent/guardian has signed the BYOD permission form (available on the Genesis Portal "FORMS" tab or in the main office) will be permitted to bring a wireless/portable device to use in school, within the guidelines of the program. Participation in this program should be considered to be a privelege, which can be revoked if the BYOD policies are violated. Currently, the Elementary schools are not yet BYOD schools.
Devices will be brought to school ONLY for instructional purposes. What network and internet access will be available?
Once logged into the school network, students and staff using a personally owned device will have access to the internet, but NOT to their networked data files.  Software which has been licensed to Fair Lawn schools (Microsoft Office, Inspiration, etc) will NOT be available on personal devices. Please note that software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons. 
What if a student does NOT own an electronic device to bring to school. Will there be a penalty in class or will instruction be compromised?
It is not mandatory for students (nor staff) to bring a device, even if they do own one. Use of personal electronic devices will be optional. Keep in mind that learning can be enhanced greatly for the entire class even if only a handful of students have a device!
How will personally owned devices access the Internet?
Most devices will detect a wireless connection when you are near one (make sure your device is set to detect wireless networks). Most of the time you will be asked if you want to join the network.  The wireless network for staff and students to use with their own devices is called FAIRLAWN_WLAN.  Once you navigate to a website, Smoothwall will prompt you to enter your network username and password.  Only students and staff of the Fair Lawn school district will be authenticated and able to access the internet. There may be a guest network available for visitors (upon special request), but it will have a more restricted access to the internet.

Will the personal device be required to use the School wireless network?
Can 3G/4G service be accessed instead?
There is a wireless network available to staff and students through which they can access the internet with the same level of access as if they were to use a school owned device. Data charges may incur if the network is intentionally by-passed to use 3G/4G service. 

What if a device does not prompt to choose a wireless network. Is there another way to connect?
In the settings menu of a device, there is usually an icon for a network, go to this icon and choose the FAIR LAWN_WLAN from the list or prompt your computer to look for wireless networks in range.

What if a personal device can not connect to the Internet or network? Is help available from Fair Lawn staff?
Students are expected to know how to connect their own device. It is not the responsibilty of teachers nor other Fair Lawn staff to troubleshoot individual devices during the school day. Solutions may be found by searching your device online (NOT during class time). There may be hundreds of devices that could be brought to school as part of the BYOD program. These are not Fair Lawn devices and the district is not allocating resources to troubleshoot issues. It is NOT the teacher's responsibilty to ensure that student owned devices are functioning properly.
Why am I filtered on my own computer? Shouldn’t I be able to see what I want to on my own device?
Internet filtering is a requirement of all public schools. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered regardless of the device you use to access it while in a public school. You own your device, but the network you’re using belongs to the school and Internet access will be filtered.  
Is additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) required to be installed on the device which will be used at school?
All laptop/tablet type computers are suggested to have VIRUS PROTECTION; Device location software is not required but is always a good idea.

Does the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) still apply, even though this is a personal device?
The Acceptatble Use Policy for Fair Lawn Schools remains in effect even when you are using your own device. There are consequences for violating this policy. You can review the AUP here.  

What if a student bullies another during school, using their personal device? Will the Technology department be involved?
Any disciplinary infraction that occurs should be referred to a school administrator. This is a student conduct violation and will be dealt with appropriately. The Technology Dept. may be asked by the administration to provide information from a student's network account.   

Can an administrator revoke a students’ BYOD privilege?
Yes, if a student is not following the BYOD guidelines for the use of a personally owned device, an administrator can revoke the privilege through the regular discipline process.

How will these devices be used in the classroom?
Students will use their devices for a variety of activities which will vary from class to class. Activities may include (but are not limited to): complete in class activities, collaborate in real time, research for projects, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments, and record journal entries and other approved instructional activities.

What if a teacher does not allow the device to be used in class?
The teacher has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If he/she asks you to put "DEVICES AWAY" (not to use your technological device), then you are to follow those directions. Some curriculuar areas are not geared towards having personal devices used in class.

Is there access to school printers from a device brought from home?
Printers will NOT be available when you log in to the wireless network. Some solutions include uploading to or using Google Drive, saving your file to a flash drive or printing it from home or another school computer. Keep in mind that using school printers in the classroom, computer lab or library is at the discretion of the teacher or other school staff.
Will students be able to use ear buds or other types of headsets?
Students may use these during class ONLY with the permission of the teacher or administrator.

Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video)?
It is unlawful to record someone without their permission; students should ONLY record (audio or video) when consent has been granted.

How will students be prevented from just texting their friends or just surfing the Web?
Students will be instructed to put DEVICES AWAY when they are not completing a specific instructional task. Teachers should always be mindful of what students are doing during class

What if a device is stolen when brought to school. Who should be contacted about this?
Devices are the SOLE responsibility of the student/staff who brought it to school.  Bringing your own devices to school can be useful, however some risks are involved as well.  Students are responsible for the security of their devices they bring to school; teachers and other staff will not store nor hold onto student devices. It is always a good idea to record the device's serial number to have in case of theft.  Fair Lawn schools is NOT responsible for the theft of a device nor are we responsible for damage done to the device while at school. Anytime theft occurs, you should contact a school administrator to make him/her aware of the situation.

Will students be able to recharge devices during the school day?
Students should not have the expectation that they will be able to charge devices at school. Many school buildings do not have the capacity to handle additional electrical demands for charging personally owned devices. All devices should arrive at school fully charged.


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