BYOD Compatibility Guide

  • What is BYOD?

    Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models allowing students to bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. A personally owned device is any technology device with a screen 7 inches or bigger, brought into the school and owned by a student (or the student’s family).

    • Students and staff will be responsible for setting up their own device to access the Wi-Fi network.
    • Access to school resources will depend on the device and its capabilities.
    • No cell phones or devices with a screen smaller than 7 inches will be supported.
    • Teachers have full control over if and when devices will be used in their classrooms.


     Device Requirements

    We recommend devices with at least a 7" screen or larger. Devices should have at least 4GB of RAM, at least 32GB of hard disk or SSD storage and should be capable of supporting modern wifi standards (802.11g/n/ac). The device operating system must be current (Windows 10 or higher, MacOS 10.13.6 or higher, ChromeOS 80 or higher) and the system clock must be accurate and up to date.

    • Devices must impose no tangible costs to the District.
    • Devices must not unduly burden the District's computers, or network resources.
    • Devices must have no adverse effect on a teacher's job performance or on a student's academic performance.
    • Devices must not cause a substantial disruption to the educational environment.


    Acceptable Use of Devices

    Access to the District's electronic communications system is a privilege, not a right. All users shall be required to acknowledge receipt of the HISD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Noncompliance with the applicable regulations may result in limitations, suspension, or loss of privileges, and other disciplinary action consistent with Hallsville ISD policies. Any parent permitting their child to use a personally owned technology device in accordance with this agreement on Hallsville ISD property, must agree to the following:

    • The student is responsible for keeping his or her device in their possession and properly securing it at all times.
    • Hallsville ISD is not responsible for the security or condition of student's personal devices.
    • The student is responsible for the proper care of personal technology devices, including all maintenance and repair, replacement or modifications, and any software updates necessary to effectively use the device.
    • Hallsville ISD reserves the right to confiscate and/or inspect personal technology devices if there is reason to believe that it was used to violate our policies, administrative procedures, school rules or for general misconduct.
    • Violations may result in the loss of privilege to use personal technology devices in school, and/or disciplinary and legal action as appropriate.
    • The student must comply with the teacher's request to refrain from using a personal technology device, verify/display the authentication login screen, or to power down the device when instructed to.
    • The student may not use any personal technology device to record, transmit or post photos or video of any person without their prior knowledge and consent. Images, video and audio files recorded at school may not be transmitted or posted to any social networking site at any time without the expressed permission of a district faculty member.
    • All students will be required to only use the district's secured wireless network to access the Internet. The use of private cellular wireless connections and/or virtual private networks (VPN) is not allowed.


     Recommended Devices

    If you're looking to purchase Chromebooks for youself or your student, here's a few affordable models we recomend: