Bring Your Own Device

Configure Your Device on FCPS Wireless

BYOD at Rachel Carson 

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to assisting students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. Whether writing a paper, solving math problems, researching a topic, or collaborating with fellow students, portable technology can help your child better complete his or her school work and assist them in developing skills that will prepare them for their future. Students are permitted to bring their own electronic devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones) 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. Rachel Carson MS encourages students to bring their own devices for use during the instructional day. 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.

See more information on FCPS and BYOD here. Although Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) does not require students to purchase their own devices, if you are considering purchasing a device that your child could use during the school day or at home, please review the information below. Also, FCPS has partnered with Dell, HP, and Microsoft to provide discounted devices and software for all students in FCPS. You can access more information at our Technology@Home site.

Recommended Specifications for Student Devices

  • wireless networking capability using 802.11 ac or 802.11g or the most recent (the district provides filtered wireless access in all buildings for students bringing a device)

  • a color screen

  • an on screen or external keyboard or other means of entering text

  • an audio-out port and earbuds or headphones

  • a minimum 4 hours of use from one battery charge

  • the ability to run a full functioning, recent web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari) that will allow it to access Google Apps for Education tools and other learning resources provided by FCPS

  • a virus protection program (for computers running a Windows or Macintosh computer operating system)

You may also wish to consider these features:

  • a camera that takes both still photos and video (front and rear cameras are most versatile)

  • a microphone

  • productivity software (word processing, drawing, spreadsheet tools) that can be used when an Internet connection is not available

  • the capacity to run graphing calculator software