Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year we will implement the Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D.) program. This will bring an increased attentiveness to incorporating technology deliberately and effectively in the classroom. We will continue to foster our professional learning community with the necessary training and methodology to teach and learn in a digital environment while still pulling from our faculty’s vast experience as educators who understand that technology is merely a tool to support learning, not a blanket solution. We continue to value each student’s individual needs in order to cultivate them in heart and mind. Our increased possibilities with technology allow us to expand our community beyond the classroom to our families, alumni, and fellow Holy Cross learners across the globe.
B.Y.O.D.: Acceptable Devices
Every student will be required to have a device designated for learning each day. Smartphones of any kind will not be recognized as acceptable educational devices. Every device brought in to be used at Holy Cross must comply with our B.Y.O.D. and acceptable use policies. Amazon Kindle tablets are NOT recommended. Please review these guidelines to make sure your educational device complies with our B.Y.O.D. recommendations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my student does not have an operating device on any given day?
If a student does not have a device on a given day, a loaner device can be checked out from the Brother James Kane, C.D.C., Library Media Center by trading in their cellular device. If a student will not have a device for a prolonged period (i.e. more than 3 consecutive classes), the family must discuss the matter with Vice President for Academics in order to arrange for a device to be available as a tool for learning.
If my student’s laptop is stolen or damaged, what recourse can I take?
Holy Cross is not responsible for any damage or theft of student owned equipment. Parents may choose to install tracking software like Absolute Software or LoJack, which can help locate the equipment if it is stolen. The school recommends keeping track of the device’s serial number, model and type, as this will be helpful information if a device has been stolen/misplaced. Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported immediately to the Vice President for Student Affairs so he/she can take the appropriate steps.
What are the campus/classroom rules for using student owned devices including personal use of phones?
Teachers make the final decision for any tools used in the classroom; student-owned equipment would be no different. It will be up to the individual teachers to communicate their expectations to parents and students. Please refer to the student handbook for further details. Personal use of phones is not permitted within academic classes and phones are not considered an acceptable device.
Where can I see the Acceptable Use Policy for Technology?
The Acceptable Use Policy can be found here. It can also be accessed through PlusPortals.
I have my laptop with me in class. How do I get on the Internet now?
Most laptops or other devices will detect a wireless connection when you are within range (wireless must be turned on). Students will gain access to the Under21 network once they become a registered user. Assistance will be provided with this process. Only registered users will gain access.
I just can’t get my laptop to connect to the network. Can I get some help from someone?
Students who cannot access the Holy Cross wireless network or who may have technical issues with their device need to take care of this issue by working with an IT staff member and/or by referencing the user’s manual that came with the device. Students should not address these concerns during class time.
I need to print the document I just created. Why is there no printer listed when I try this?
Students will be able to access the library printer when signed into the Under21 network. If the printer is not visible, the IT staff will provide assistance as soon as possible. Keep in mind that using campus printers in the classroom or other learning spaces is at the discretion of the teacher or other campus administrators.
My laptop was stolen when I brought it to school. Who should I contact about this?
Bringing your own device to school can be useful; however some risks are involved as well. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number in case of theft. Holy Cross is not responsible for the theft of a device, nor are we responsible for any damage done to the device while at school. Any time a theft occurs, you should contact a school administrator to make her/him aware of the offense.
Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) I signed at the beginning of the school year even though this is my own personal computer?
Yes. The Acceptable Use Policy for Holy Cross remains in effect even when you are using your own device. Each time you attempt to access the school network you will be prompted to accept the terms of service which include the AUP. Violating the terms of the AUP would be a student code of conduct violation and subject to disciplinary action.
Why am I filtered on my own computer? Shouldn’t I be able to see what I want to on my own tool?
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered in educational settings, regardless of the tool you use to access it while at school.
Am I able to connect my laptop to an open network port and gain access to the internet?
There is no public access provided by Holy Cross. The school is only providing access to personal devices through the private network Under21. All other access is forbidden.
Will there be a penalty to my grade if I do not have my own device?
While a specific grade penalty would not be assessed for not having your own device, we do expect all students to have a device to use each day. So not having a device may adversely impact your learning and thereby your achievement. Holy Cross is committed to have school work directed through registered users. If obtaining a device is a burden for any reason, please contact a school administrator.
Will there be a required Learning Management System used in the 2019-2020 school year?
Individual teachers will utilize different LMS platforms, specifically Canvas and Google Classroom in the 2019-2020 school year. The school will move towards one LMS for the 2020-2021 academic year.
As a parent, am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) to my child’s technology tool?
No. Currently, we are not requiring any additional software for school use. Virus protection for a personal device is strongly advised, but not required. While on the Holy Cross network, students will be monitored through the School’s content filter (Barracuda), so there is no need for additional filtering software.
Click here to download our full B.Y.O.D. Policy.