Bring Your Own Device

Personally Owned Devices

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to assisting students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. In efforts to support this progress, students and staff will now be able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc) during the school day. Students may register and use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with other students. By allowing students to use their own technology at school, we are hoping to increase the access all students have to the technology they need to succeed.

Student Personal Devices

Students are permitted to bring their own electronic devices to school for use to support instruction. Use of student-owned devices is restricted to instructional activities under the direct supervision of a staff member. Students using privately owned electronic devices must follow the policy stated in the AUP while on school property, attending school-sponsored activities, or using the FCPS network. There is no longer a requirement to register personal devices used at school.

Carrying Devices in School

For the purposes of carrying and safely securing devices, Carson students are permitted to also carry a mesh sling bag or backpack, that is appropriate to secure the device. Please understand that overly large bags are not permitted and need to be appropriate for the student's device.

Recommended Apps for School

To make the most of using their mobile BYOD devices at school students should download the following Free Apps to their phone, tablet, laptop or chrome book.

  • Goggle Chrome, Drive, Docs, Presentation, Sheets and Classroom (these are each separate mobile Apps)
  • Blackboard 24/7 for mobile devices.

Purchasing Devices for BYOD

Parents purchasing devices may want to consider the following information. FCPS does not recommend a specific type of device, but would like parents to know of resources available for purchasing devices and software. The Technology@Home program enables students, faculty and staff to purchase products for home technology use, directly from vendors at educational discount rates.