Heritage Christian School, Bring Your Own Device Policy Agreement

HCS requires secondary school students to use a privately owned device to access the HCS wireless network.  This wireless access provided to the devices is designed to enhance the educational experience and outcomes.  Connecting to the HCS Wi-Fi network with personal devices is a privilege, not a right.  Permission to bring and use privately owned devices is contingent upon adherence to HCS guidelines. If a privately owned device is used by a student to disrupt the educational environment, in the sole opinion of HCS, that student’s privileges may be limited.

When a device is registered on the HCS network a security profile is installed.  This profile allows HCS to monitor/filter internet access while the device is on the HCS wireless network.  (It has no effect at home)  Various shortcuts for HCS academic sites and apps may also be installed.  (Moodle, HCS Library materials, HCS printing, etc…)  HCS will not modify or monitor the student device in any other way.  Please note that the security profile and HCS shortcuts can be removed manually by the device owner at any time.  The HCS Tech department is notified when a security profile is removed.

HCS reserves the right to monitor, track, throttle, and filter all network usage as it deems appropriate for the effective support of HCS security and academic goals.  HCS strives to provide web access that is safe, fast, and responsive.   No internet filter is perfect.  Keeping students safe on the internet is a partnership between students, parents, teachers, and technology systems.  HCS will comply with all law enforcement requests for HCS network information.

BYOD Policy

1. Students that use a privately owned device on the HCS wireless network must install the HCS security profile, use the HCS Student or MS Student SSID, and implicitly agree with the terms of this document.

2. Students are not allowed to use the device for non academic purposes.

3. Students are not allowed to use private 3G/4G /5G subscriptions through a personal Internet Service Provider.

4. No student shall establish a wireless ad-hoc or peer-to-peer network using his/her electronic device or any other wireless device while on school grounds.  This includes, but is not limited to using a privately owned electronic device as a cabled or wireless hotspot.  

5. Students are expected to bring their devices fully charged to class and are not allowed to charge their device at school without specific permission.

6. Teacher permission is necessary for student use of a privately owned devices during classroom instruction or the classroom period.   The teacher of a class may request at any time that the privately owned electronic device be turned off and put away.  Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

7. Voice, video, and image capture applications may only be used with specific teacher/staff permission and for specific instructional purpose(s). 

8. Sound should be muted unless the teacher grants permission for use of sound associated with the instructional activities.

9. No student shall use another student’s school-issued credentials.

10. No student shall knowingly attempt to gain access to any computer, computer system, computer network, information storage media, or peripheral equipment without the consent of authorized school personnel.

11. No school-owned academic or productivity software may be installed on personal devices without specific permission.

12. No student shall use any computer or device to illegally collect any electronic data or disrupt networking services. Students may not engage in any malicious use, disruption or harm to the school network, Internet services, learning environment or any other electronic device owned by the school, any school personnel and/or student.  

13. Students may not attempt to use any software, apps, utilities or other means to access Internet sites or content blocked by school Internet filters. The use of VPN or Proxy APPS is strictly prohibited.

14. Student usage of devices that implement iOS jailbreaking or any other software/hardware that provides modified iOS privileges is prohibited.

15. Under the provisions of the BYOD program, students who bring personal technology do so knowing that it will diminish their expectation of privacy regarding their personal electronic device while at school.  The school reserves the right to search a privately owned electronic device in accordance with applicable laws and policies if there is reasonable suspicion that the student has violated HCS policies, administrative procedures, school rules, or engaged in other misconduct while using the device.

16. Devices are brought to school at the students’ and parents’ own risk.  In the unlikely event that a privately owned device is lost, stolen or damaged, HCS is not responsible for any financial or data loss.  Students are expected to store personal electronic devices in their locked locker when not in their specific possession. Devices should not be left in backpacks unattended.

Consequences of Inappropriate Use 

Violation of school or division policies, local, state and/or federal laws while using a personal electronic device on the HCS wireless network will result in appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action as specified in the Student Handbook and Conduct Code, School Board policy as well as by local, state and/or federal law.

Privately Owned Electronic Device Security Risks 

Portable electronic devices are vulnerable to loss and theft. These devices should be engraved or otherwise permanently marked with owner information.  Students and parents who bring privately owned electronic devices on school property must assume total responsibility for these devices and be aware of all risks. If a privately owned electronic device is stolen, this must be reported to a building administrator immediately. Per HCS policy, the school will not accept responsibility for loss, damage, theft, damage or non-working personal property. It is recommended that students install the "Find my iPad" app, with which the HCS security and technology departments can assist in the location of a lost iPad, if the device has been misplaced on campus.

HCS  reserves the right to examine the privately owned electronic device and search its contents if there is reason to believe that school division policies or local, state and/or federal laws have been violated.

In the event that a student believes that his/her password has been compromised, he/she should immediately request a password change by contacting the Technology Department.

IPADS are not allowed to be used  during fire, tornado, lockdown or any other emergency situations.

Parent and Student Agreement is implied by registration of device and HCS network usage

I/we have read the HCS Privately Owned Electronic Device Policy form concerning the use and connection of privately owned electronic devices to the HCS wireless network and understand and agree to the terms and conditions herein.  I/we understand that this policy form and the privilege to use privately owned electronic devices in school can be revoked at any time.

I/we understand that violation of these provisions may result in the confiscation of a personal electronic device by the school administration, any other designated school representative, or local law enforcement and that legal action may occur according to law.

I/we understand that we are responsible for compensating the school for any losses, costs or damages incurred due to violations of HCS Board policies/procedures and school rules by the student in conjunction with the use of his/her personal electronic device, including the cost of investigating such violations.

I/we understand the above rules and policy give permission for my student to use a personal electronic device on the HCS wireless network.