Program outline

BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device”. It is a strategy for providing personal computing in business and education where the end user (employee, student), as opposed to the organization, provides, owns, and maintains his/her own device. It is typical in universities and colleges, and is gaining in popularity in K-12 education and businesses.

Effective starting in the 2016-17 school year, each student in grades 8-12 is required to provide his or her own device for personal use both at school and at home, with exceptions for families with demonstrated financial hardship.

Daily expectations

Access to a computer is essential to learning at Voyager Academy. The student’s personal device is considered an essential school supply, just as pencils and paper traditionally have been. Students are required to be prepared at the start of each school day with their fully-charged and functional devices. This is considered a part of being prepared to learn.

As with all technology at Voyager Academy, students are required to follow the Acceptable Use Policy and the Ethical Use Policy when using their personal devices.

Loaner devices

Voyager will maintain a sufficient pool of short-term loaner devices for extenuating circumstances, such as a computer being out for repair. Loans will be day-long only. Students who need a loaner should check one out from building administration (usually the building Assistant Principal) before the start of first period, and return it before returning home. The loaner devices do not go home with students unless no other option, such as a shared family computer, is available. If an issue with a student device occurs in the middle of the day, the student may check out a loaner immediately.

Consequences

Students who are unprepared with their devices will follow the following consequence schedule:

1st Instance: Verbal warning from teacher

2nd Instance: Verbal warning from teacher and parent contact

3rd Instance: Lunch detention and parent contact

4th Instance: Referral to Administration

5th Instance: Conference with student, parent(s), and building administration

Students whose computers are out for repair are exempt from this schedule.

Device requirements

A separate document details device requirements and contains some model recommendations. The document is also available on the website under Parent Resources → Documents and Forms. Requirements are minimal, and there are many very affordable options that meet them.

Cell phones

Cell phones do not meet the device requirements and are not acceptable as a student computing device. Furthermore, the use of 3G/4G hotspots on campus is prohibited. Students must deactivate any hotspots while on campus, and must connect personal computing devices to Voyager’s wireless network.

Testing

In addition to day-to-day schoolwork, students will use their personal devices for examinations, including End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests, and North Carolina Final Exams. As such, students will be required to install any testing software and make any configuration changes required by the examination platform(s) being used. Voyager staff will assist students in making these changes in advance of test days.

Financial hardship

The BYOD program should not be a barrier to learning for any Voyager student. Families who are unable to financially provide a computer for their student(s) should contact Managing Director Jennifer Lucas directly at jlucas@voyageracademy.net.