BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device (Grades 8-12)

Meridian students use technology on a daily basis to conduct research, write papers, and so much more. For this reason, all Meridian students in grades 8-12 are expected to bring their own device to school on a daily basis. We refer to this as “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD.” In the past, BYOD was only for high school students, but in the 2018-2019 school year we rolled this program out to 8th graders and found that it worked really well for this age group.

Students will be responsible for the care of their own device. They should bring the device to school each day, fully charged, and ready to use. While electrical outlets are available throughout the building, no charging stations will be in place for quick-charges. New Chromebooks will generally hold a charge for a full day.

 

BYOD - All You Need to Know - FAQs

Why is it necessary for students in grades 8-12 to participate in BYOD?  

More and more, students are using technology to access assignments, conduct research, and complete both classwork and homework. Because of this, we've found that students perform better when they have one device to rely on for use at school and home.

When should my student start bringing a personally owned device to school?  

Students are encouraged to bring their own device starting on the first day of school. Starting August 19, all 8th-12th grade students should bring a device to school on a daily basis.

What kind of devices are acceptable for BYOD purposes?  Will a SmartPhone work for BYOD?

Acceptable Devices:  Apple / Chromebook / Windows - Laptops or Tablets.

SmartPhones are NOT an acceptable form of BYOD device.

What is the recommended Chromebook configuration?

Chromebooks are 'netbooks' that do not require the same amount of storage and memory as regular computers, so whatever your budget is will determine your configuration.  Any of the following configurations will work fine:

RAM 2GB, 4GB, 8GB

Storage 32GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Processor i3, i5, i7

Will Meridian lease new Chromebook devices as they have done in the past?  

Leasing a device is no longer an option that we are able to provide.

Does Meridian recommend a certain retailer or brand?  

Meridian does not recommend one vendor over another. Devices can be purchased anywhere electronics are sold. However, because we no longer offer the option to lease a Chromebook through the school, we have worked with Dell to provide an affordable option direct from the company. While these devices were chosen for their value, we encourage families to shop around for the best fit for their student.

Shop DELL options at dell.com/mwschool.

Is financial assistance available for families who need support to participate in BYOD?

Yes, financial assistance and/or payment plans are available for those who need it. The business office will work with families to ensure that all students are able to participate in BYOD. Please contact businessoffice@mwschool.org with questions and/or to request financial assistance.

What happens if my student forgets to bring his/her device to school?

We have one technology cart available in the Mays library that holds one set of extra devices. Students who forget their device at home can check out a device (from the librarian) to use for the day but please note that 1) these devices are checked out on a first come, first served basis; and 2) students will not be permitted to check out devices on a regular basis.

What happens if my student loses their device or what if the device is damaged at school?

Students are responsible for their own device at all times, so for this reason we strongly suggest that you purchase a protective carrying case. Meridian accepts no liability against damage or theft. Please encourage students to lock up devices in their locker when not in use (during PE, for example), and advise them to never leave devices on the floor where they can be stepped on.

What rules must students follow in regards to acceptable use?     

Students will use these devices during school hours for school intended purposes only. Students will not be able to use them for streaming video or other intense recreational purposes prior to the start of school,  during lunch breaks, or after school due to the limitations of the Meridian network. Students will sign a BYOD agreement so that they are clear on expectations for the proper use of technology at school. For more information on Meridian’s Acceptable Use Policy for Technology, please refer to pages 51 and 52 of the Parent/Student Handbook.

How will students have access to the internet while at school?

Students will log into the Meridian BYOD wireless network using their student email credentials. More information about connecting to the network can be found HERE.

BYOD Summary Statement

We ask your family to participate in BYOD because your student will truly benefit from having his/her own device to use at school and at home. Meridian simply cannot guarantee daily availability of school-provided devices to all of our secondary students. BYOD enables us to dedicate our technology carts for use by our younger students in grades 6-7 who may not be ready for full access/ownership of their own devices.

 

Additional questions?

Please email s.holcombe@mwschool.org