Onslow County Schools
Personally-Owned Device Responsible Use
The purpose of this guideline is to define standards,
procedures, and restrictions for students who are connecting a
personally-owned device to Onslow County Schools' network for
This device guideline applies, but is not limited to all devices
and accompanying media (e.g. USB thumb and external hard
drives) that fit the following classifications:
Note: Unless otherwise prohibited by specific school policy,
this guideline pertains to the following classifications.
- Other mobile/cellular phones
- Tablet computers
- Portable media devices
- Ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs)
- Laptop/notebook computers, including home desktops
- Any personally-owned device capable of storing organizational
data and connecting to a network
The guideline applies to any hardware and related software
that is not organizationally owned or supplied, but could be used
to access organizational resources.
Use of computing devices is vital to the creation of 21st
Century schools. While the Onslow County Board of Education has
enacted a program whereby certain groups of students or classes are
assigned schoolowned devices for their individual use while they
are enrolled in a specified program, we are not able to provide
devices to all students at this time. In certain circumstances,
students may be permitted to bring personally-owned devices. It is
not the intent of this guideline to allow for the use of cell
phones at any time during the instructional day unless deemed
appropriate by the teacher and/or administrator.
This program is essential to enhance student productivity,
thereby supporting the district as well as classroom learning
environments. This Responsibility Statement, along with applicable
Board of Education policies and program guidelines, fully
incorporated herein by reference, form the basis for allowing
wireless access for personally-owned devices. By signing the
Personal Electronic Devices Contract, the student and parent or
guardian explicitly acknowledges that he/she has read and
understands the policies and guidelines applicable to him/her and
agrees to the conditions of this program.
In using information and
communication technologies, the student will:
1. Bear in mind that all student communication represents
the district and thus reflects on the integrity, ethics, and good
name of the school, teachers, and the district as a Pre-K-12 public
2. Avoid seeking unauthorized access to school, district, or
other public or private computer networks, computers, or electronic
files for any purpose.
3. Comply with any and all related Board of Education policies,
program guidelines, including copyrighted materials, and procedures
relative to responsible and safety use.
The student understands that it is unethical and illegal
1. Misuse passwords or obtain access to computers without
2. Interfere with the transmission, storage, retrieval,
destruction or damage of operation systems, or destroy, modify or
abuse Onslow County Schools' hardware or software or use
personally-owned devices to do so.
The student is responsible and understands
1. Any use of the wireless or network services on district
property should be limited to activities which support education,
enrichment, and development.
2. Computers and network services/Internet access are to
be used only by those authorized. Specifically, personally-owned
devices can only be used by those for whom this agreement has been
completed. Although parent/student owned, permission to use the
device on school property is not transferable.
3. Students have no right to privacy when using
district-owned assets or accessing Onslow County Schools' wireless
or network resources. This extends to district-supplied email
4. Student supervisors, including both school-level and
district-level administrators as well as authorized Information
Technology (IT) or Media and Instructional Technology Services
(MITS) staff have the right to prohibit the use of personally-owned
devices that utilize data or software that conflicts with
applicable Onslow County Schools policies, guidelines, or the
proper and efficient operation of the district's Information
5. Any use of district assets or Internet access to
facilitate illegal activity is prohibited.
6. Any use of district assets or Internet access for
commercial or for-profit purposes is prohibited. Students are not
to conduct online personal business, transactions, or purchases
while accessing Onslow County Schools' wireless or network
7. All audio recorded with personally-owned devices must
have the consent of the individuals included in the audio.
8. All pictures taken with personally-owned devices must
have the consent of the individuals included in the audio.
9. All videos recorded with personally-owned devices must
have the consent of the individuals included in the video.
10. Students may not record (audio, photo, or video) any
portion of an active classroom without the consent of the
11. Students may not take pictures or video any tests or
assignments without the consent of a teacher.
12. The Onslow County Public School system has all rights
of ownership of products produced by a student in which the uses of
district supplies and/or assets were used.
13. Harassment of any kind, including, but not limited to
sexual, racial, religious and political is illegal. Use of
the district's assets, computer networks or Internet access to
harass others or infiltrate a computer system and/or damage the
software components of a computer or system is
14. Use of any district-owned asset, network, or Internet access
to access or transmit obscene, objectionable, pornographic material
or any material likely to be offensive is strictly prohibited.
15. No response should be given to any messages that are
suggestive, obscene or threatening. Upon occasion, some spam may
enter the system. Such infrequent occurrences of spam may be
deleted with no further action necessary. Continued receipt of
spam, including messages that are suggestive, obscene or
threatening should be reported to the teacher or school
administrator. Reports should also be made of any messages that is
not spam, but is suggestive, obscene or threatening.
16. School staff, network administrators, and authorized
agents will monitor the use of personally owned devices to ensure
compliance with all rules.
17. No installation of, connection to, or downloads of
non-instructional games, video and/or audio files or other files
that are not instructionally-centered is allowed.
18. All software loaded on personally-owned devices must
meet all appropriate licensing requirements.
19. Training shall be offered by the district and shall be
required of each student prior to accessing wireless or network
20. District administrators, with information and advice
from Information Technology and Media and Instructional Technology
shall determine what constitutes a student's inappropriate use of
personally-owned devices, computer networks or Internet access and
e-mail. Violation of appropriate practices shall result in
disciplinary action as determined by the school administrator.
Connectivity of all personally-owned
devices will be centrally managed by Onslow County Schools' IT
Department. Although IT will not directly support personal devices,
students are expected to adhere to the same security protocols when
connected to non-organizational equipment. Failure to do so will
result in immediate disciplinary action up to suspension of all
network access privileges so as to protect Onslow County Schools'
Basic device recommendations include but are not
1. Proficient knowledge of device
2. Long lasting battery or fully charged for use
3. Internet Browser
4. PDF reader
5. Note taking application
6. File storage/File manager (district provided student email
7. Text message capability
8. QR Code Reader
9. Web Cam/Camera
1. IT reserves the right to refuse, by
physical and non-physical means, the ability to connect personal
devices to organizational and organizational-connected
infrastructure, IT will engage in such action if such equipment is
being used in a way that puts Onslow County Schools systems, data,
users and clients at risk.
2. Prior to initial use on the organizational network or
related infrastructure, all devices must be approved by
IT. Onslow County Schools will maintain a list of approved
technologies with associated control requirements that will be
provided by each school. Devices that are not on this list may not
be connected to organizational infrastructure. If your preferred
device does not appear on this list, contact your teacher and/or
administrator who in turn will contact IT for guidance. Although IT
currently allows only listed devices to be connected to enterprise
infrastructure, it reserves the right to update this list in the
3. All personal devices attempting to connect to the
organizational network through the Internet will be inspected using
technology centrally managed by Onslow County Schools IT
Department. Devices that have not been previously approved by IT,
are not in compliance with IT's security policies, or represent any
threat to the organizational network or data will not be allowed to
4. All users of personally-owned devices
must employ reasonable physical security measures.
Students are expected to secure all such devices whether or not
they are actually in use and/or being carried. This includes, but
is not limited to, passwords, encryption, and physical control of
5. Any personally-owned devices will have installed
up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software deemed
necessary by Onslow County Schools IT Department.
6. IT will manage security policies, network, application,
and data access centrally using whatever technology solutions it
deems suitable. Any attempt to contravene or bypass that
security implementation will be deemed an intrusion
attempt and will be dealt with in accordance with Onslow
County Schools' overarching security policy.
7. IT reserves the right, through policy enforcement and
any other means it deems necessary, to limit the ability of
students to transfer data to and from specific resources on the
Help & Support
8. Students who opt in to the
personally-owned program are not eligible for support for device
specific hardware or software from Onslow County Schools IT
9. IT can and will establish audit
trails, which will be accessed, published, and used without notice.
Such trails will be able to track the attachment of any external
device to the organizational network, and the resulting reports may
be used for investigation of possible breaches and/or misuse.
The student agrees to and accepts that his or her access
and/or connection to Onslow County
Schools' networks may be monitored to record
dates, times, duration of access, etc., in order to identify
unusual usage patterns or other suspicious activity. The student
consents that there is no right to privacy related to use of
organizational networks, resources, or data. This
monitoring is necessary in order to identify accounts/computers
that may have been compromised by external parties.
Failure to comply with the
Personally-Owned Responsible Use Guideline may, at the full
discretion of the organization, result in the suspension of
any or all technology use and connectivity privileges, disciplinary
action, as well as possible criminal charges.
Student Agreement Statements
Regarding Personally-Owned Device Policies and
1. I have read, understand, and agree to
follow all applicable policies, guidelines and procedures regarding
my use of personally-owned devices, network access, Internet use,
2. I agree to use my personally-owned device for the
purposes for which it was intended.
3. I agree to undertake such initial and subsequent
training as necessary to maximize the utilization of the technology
for the furtherance of the performance of my duties as a student of
the school system.
4. I agree that theft, damage, or misuse of my
personally-owned device is not the responsibility of the school or
the Onslow County School system.
5. I agree to be responsible to take necessary precautions
against loss, theft, or damage to the device while on campus.
6. I agree to discontinue use of the device on campus if
directed to do so by school authorities.
7. I agree to seek permission from each classroom teacher
for rooms in which I intend to use the device. While I may be
permitted to have the device on campus, I can't use the device
without the direct permission of the teacher.