Virginia Beach City Public Schools will allow students to use privately owned Internet-ready electronic devices (including but not limited to cell phones, laptops, iPads, tablets, E-Readers, wearables, etc.) to access the VBCPS wireless network. This wireless access provided to the devices is designed to enhance the students’ educational experience and outcomes. Connecting to the VBCPS wireless network with personal devices is a privilege, not a right, and it is not a requirement for division students. Permission to bring and use privately owned devices is contingent upon adherence to VBCPS guidelines. If a privately-owned device is used by a student to disrupt the educational environment, in the sole opinion of VBCPS, that student’s privileges may be limited or revoked.

Policy 3-65 states in part, “Elementary, middle and high school students may use portable communications devices before or after the instructional day as long as such communications devices are not activated or used inside School Board buildings unless use inside School Board buildings is specifically permitted by school administration.

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Each school staff (to include a select group of teachers and administrators) will determine the when, where and how devices can be used and communicate this information to all students and parents at the beginning of each school year.

  1. Students may use a privately owned electronic “Internet ready” device on the VBCPS wireless network with teacher or administrator permission.
  2. The use of a privately-owned electronic device is to support and enhance instructional activities.
  3. Students should not access the Internet using any external Internet service.
  4. No privately-owned electronic device may be connected to the VBCPS network by a network cable plugged into a data outlet. Network access is provided via Wi-Fi access only.
  5. 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.
  6. Voice, video and image capture applications may only be used with teacher or administrator permission.
  7. Sound should be muted unless the teacher or administrator grants permission for use of sound associated with the instructional activities. A teacher or administrator may permit the use of earbuds or other types of headphones.
  8. The privately-owned electronic device owner is the only person allowed to use the device.
  9. No division-owned academic or productivity software can be installed on personal devices.
  10. No student shall use any computer or device to illegally collect any electronic data or disrupt networking services.
  11. Devices are brought to school at the students’ and parents’ own risk. In the event that a privately-owned device is lost, stolen or damaged, VBCPS is not responsible for any financial or data loss.
  12. Violation of school policies, school division policies or regulations, local, state and/or federal laws while using a personal electronic device on the VBCPS wireless network will result in appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action as specified in the Student Handbook and Code of Student Conduct, School Board policy and regulation as well as by local, state and/or federal law.
  13. The School Division and School Division personnel cannot attempt to repair, correct, troubleshoot or be responsible for malfunctioning personal hardware or software.
  14. The School Division 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 regulations 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 reset his/her password using a school division computer.
  15. Privately owned electronic devices may not be used during the instructional day to: access stored data; access private internet connections or other forms of electronic communications; or communicate with persons not authorized by the school during the instructional day.
  16. The School Division reserves the right to take a privately-owned electronic device that is being used or suspected of being used in violation of these Guidelines, the Code of Student Conduct, School Board policy or regulation, or local, state, or federal law or regulation. The School Division may search privately owned electronic devices when reasonable, articulable suspicion exists that the device was used in violation of these Guidelines, the Code of Student Conduct, School Board policy or regulation, or local, state or federal law or regulation. Such searches are limited to the scope of suspected violation. The School Division may contact appropriate law enforcement agencies and provide information concerning the use of the device for suspected violations of law or regulations.