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BYOD Policy

Seton Catholic Prep is pleased to utilize a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. BYOD allows students to bring their own electronic device to school for educational purposes. Students will use their devices to facilitate their ability to communicate, collaborate, research, create and problem-solve in exciting ways. Approved devices include tablets, laptops and netbooks with screen sizes greater than 9 inches measured diagonally with wireless capabilities. All students are required to have a device beginning in August of 2016.

Student devices will connect to the appropriate Seton wireless network. Seton’s network is filtered to protect students. Use of 3G or 4G cellular connections is prohibited. Seton Catholic Prep will not install any software on a student’s device. We will not monitor or filter the Internet sites they visit from home. We are also not able to upgrade, maintain or repair a student-owned device.

The following FAQs provide more information concerning Seton’s BYOD policy.

What is BYOD?
Bring Your Own Device is a program which allows students to use their own technology during the day to enhance the learning experience.  Students are able to take notes and view e-texts on their device.  Examples of the types of devices allowed include tablets, laptops and netbooks.

Is the purchase of a computer or other device required?
Yes, beginning in August of 2016, students are required to purchase any device that meets the required minimum specifications. Seton families are eligible to receive educational pricing on Apple and Microsoft products. To shop for Apple products, click here. To shop for Microsoft products, click here. When you go to the site, be sure to search for Seton using the zip code 85224 and searching for ‘Seton Catholic High School’.

What are the minimum device requirements?

  • The device must have a minimum screen size of 9 inches measured diagonally. Cell phones and ‘mini’ versions of tablets are not allowed.
  • The device must be a tablet, laptop, or netbook. Tablet devices must have an external QWERTY keyboard.
  • The device must support WPA2-Enterprise with AES encryption and support Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol or PEAP. The following operating systems meet this encryption requirement:
    • IOS: iOS 3.2 or later; ex. iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro
    • Mac OS X: Mac OS 10.6 or later; ex. MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
    • Android: Version 4 or later; ex. Google Nexus 5, Asus MeMo pad 5, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Chromebooks
    • Windows: Windows 7 or later; Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, HP and Dell laptops

How do I get an e-text for my device?
We have been working with MBS Direct to identify which textbooks have an e-text version.  If a version is available and approved for a course, it will be identified as an option when you are in MBS Direct. 

Are e-texts and traditional textbooks the same?
The content is the same between textbooks and e-texts, but e-texts have certain limitations.  When you go with an e-text, it is like you are leasing.  When your lease period is over (the semester or the year depending on the course), your student will no longer have access to their e-text or the notes made.  When going with an e-text, there is not an opportunity to resell the book after you are done with it.

What’s the difference between an e-text and an e-book?
An e-text allows you access for a certain period of time as established by the publisher.  An e-book is purchased and downloaded directly onto your device.  Textbooks are primarily e-texts and novels are primarily e-books.   

Can I just get an e-text and print a copy of everything?
No.  Publishers set the print limits for e-texts.  This means that once a certain percentage of the text book is printed, a student would not be able to print anything else from the e-text. 

Can I use my technology at any time and any place on campus?
Students can use their device in any class unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.  Students will not be allowed to use their devices in the quad during break or lunch.  If a student needs to use their device during one of these times, they will need to go to the library or a classroom with a teacher.  It is important that we continue to foster a community among our students during non-class periods.

Are there any student policies for using devices?
Yes.  Seton’s Technology Responsible Use Policy governs and applies to student’s use of technology.  The Technology Responsible Use Policy can be found in the student handbook.

I brought my device to school and my teacher will not allow me to use it, what do I do?
The teacher has the final say on classroom procedures.  If your teacher asks you not to use your device, you should follow their instructions.  Although access is available, it is not guaranteed for every classroom situation.

How do I get on the Internet?
Most devices will automatically detect a wireless connection.  Your device should prompt you to join an available network if there is a wireless connection available.  When prompted, choose the SetonStudent network and enter the credentials provided to you for Seton computer and network access, i.e. when you login to a computer in the library.  If your device does not give you a prompt to choose a wireless network, check the settings menu of your device to see if there is a network access setting.  Be sure to consult the owner’s manual of your device to get exact directions for accessing wireless networks.

My device will not connect to the network.  Can Seton staff help me?
Seton IT provides limited support for connecting to Seton managed resources. If support is needed, contact: Seton IT does not provide support for software, hardware or computer repair. Seeking out help from other students may be a viable solution as well.

I’m connected to Seton’s network, now what?
Students who are connected to the SetonStudent network will have their internet traffic filtered to protect them from objectionable content.  This filtering is done on the network itself.  Students will be required to login and install an SSL Certificate to associate devices to the student.  Seton will not track or filter what is done with the device when it is not connect to the SetonStudent network.

Can I use my own 3G or 4G service on my device at school?
Seton does not allow use of 3G or 4G cellular access while at school. All students are to be connected through the SetonStudent wireless network. If students are found to be using 3G or 4G access, they may be referred to the Dean of Students.

How do I save my work?
Students will need to save their work either to their local device or to a cloud-based storage location such as Google Docs.

Can I print documents I created on my device when I am connected to the network?
Students can print using their student ID and personal device by accessing Access to Wi-Fi printing can only be done while connected to the SetonStudent wireless network. The only printers available for printing are located in the Library and C6 Lab. Please see Mrs. Nowak in the Library or contact for more information.

What happens if my device is stolen?
Students bring their devices to school at their own risk and should take all necessary precautions to keep their device secure.  Seton will not be held responsible for the loss, damage or theft of devices. 

What happens if another student is bullying me using a device?
This should be reported to the Dean of Students.  This would be a student code of conduct issue.

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