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Bring Your Own Device Acceptable Use Policy
Hillsborough County Public Schools is committed to developing a technologically relevant and engaging learning environment for all students by providing them with the opportunity to develop the resource sharing, innovation, communication skills, and tools that are essential to be prepared for life. To support that vision, Woodson Leadership Academy has implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program that allows students to use their personal learning devices in the classroom to participate in instructional activities with teacher permission.

A BYOD program allows us to supplement classroom instruction in a cost-effective way. Many students have their own cutting-edge learning devices that they are already familiar with. These devices can be used to expand their access to resources within the classroom and expand learning outside of school hours for students and their families.

BYOD is a privilege. Permission to use a personal learning device will be limited or revoked by any user who does not follow these rules. Use of personal devices is never a requirement and will not impact student grades. In instances where a device is required for an assignment, students without a device of their own will be provided one by the district/school site.

Definition of “Device”
For purposes of our BYOD program, “Device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic hand held equipment that includes, but is not limited to, notebooks, Apple/ Android/Windows/Kindle tablets, and/or smart phones. Acceptable devices can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.

Personal learning devices must use the "HCPS Guest" network while on campus. This allows us to comply with CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act" requirements. Students may not connect to mobile carrier 3G/4G networks to access outside internet sources at any time. Connection to the school wireless network requires log in and the installation of a security certificate. More information can be found by visiting

Applications and Software
Any required system updates should be done before bringing the device to school. In order to fully participate in classroom activities, personal learning devices need to have an updated web browser installed (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Foxfire) and be able to run Java and Adobe Flash. Installation of Office 365 is also required, and is available at no charge to students. More information can be found by visiting
Security and Damages
Neither Woodson Leadership Academy nor HCPS are liable for any stolen or damaged device. 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 skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged. Additional information about device security can be found in the student handbook

Consequences of Misuse
Students that choose not to follow the rules will be subject to the following consequences:
  • First offense: Device will be confiscated by the teacher.  Parents must come to school to retrieve the device from the Principal.
  • Second offense: Device will be confiscated AND the student will not be allowed to use the device in the classroom for a period of time to be determined by the Principal.
  • Third offense: Student will lose all classroom electronic device privileges for the remainder of the school year. If the offense happens in the last month of school, the Principal may extend the suspension into the following school year.
Digital Citizenship
Digital Citizenship is defined as the norms of appropriate and responsible behavior with regard to technology use. By embracing technology and to explore its various forms, students have a responsibility to model proper digital etiquette in using technology.

  • Cyberbullying Students must not engage in cyberbullying activities, and must report any suspicion of cyberbullying to a teacher or administrator.
  • Digital Footprint & Self-Image and Identity Students should properly represent themselves while online and should adhere to activities that will protect their reputation.
  • Relationships and Communications  Students should use appropriate language in the use of text messages, email, online discussions and blogging.
  • Credit and Copyright  Students should not violate existing laws governing Copyright (plagiarism or trademark infringement) and Fair Use.
  • Information Literacy  Students should evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites and provide proper credit and citing techniques.
  • Internet Safety  Students should only use appropriate web sites and will notify district personnel of inappropriate websites. Students should not provide personal or contact information to strangers or persons that you do not know well.
  • Privacy and Security  Students must create and use strong passwords, and keep those passwords secure.
Students will receive digital citizenship lessons in the classroom and with the Media Specialist throughout the school  year. Additional information about digital citizenship can be found in the student handbook

Student Responsibilities
  • Understand and sign the BYOD Acceptable Use Agreement and return it to school.
  • Follow the rules of BYOD Acceptable Use Agreement and instructions given by teacher.
  • Model digital citizenship when using devices at school and home, including creating strong passwords and keeping passwords safe.
  • Stay on task and only use device for educational tasks.
  • Touch his or her own device only unless asked by another student.
  • Immediately report loss or damage of device.
  • Report behavior that puts themselves or others in an unsafe online situation.
Parent/Guardian Responsibilities
  • Set rules in place for the use and care of their child’s device at home.
  • Discuss the BYOD Acceptable Use Agreement with their child and ensure it is signed and returned to school.
  • Pay for the repair of any damage that their child causes to another child’s device.
  • Provide a protective case and supply earbuds for classroom use.
  • Set up the device before bringing it to school.
  • Decide whether to arrange for insurance or a care plan to insure their child’s device against theft and damage. Repair damage to their child’s device in a timely manner.
Teacher Responsibilities
  • Establish and enforce clear class rules with regard to the use and care of devices.
  • Distribute and discuss the BYOD Acceptable Use Agreement. Ensure they it is signed and returned. Refer to the documents regularly during the year.
  • Monitor and teach responsible use of devices, including digital citizenship, cyber safety and responsible use of internet resources.
  • Plan lessons that engage students in using their devices when it is the most appropriate tool to achieve the learning outcome.
  • Notify parent/guardian of any issues arising where the student struggles to meet their BYOD responsibilities.
School/District Responsibilities
  • Establish a school based BYOD Acceptable Use Policy and communicate the expectations to all stakeholders.
  • Consistently and fairly enforce the consequences of device misuse.
  • Update the Acceptable Use Policy as technology and circumstances change.
  • Provide access to a secure, safe, and stable wireless network.
  • Provide education to stakeholders on matters related to digital citizenship.
  • Notify parent/guardian of any issues arising where the student struggles to meet their BYOD responsibilities.