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FAQ's About BYOD

What type of device should my child have?

What type of device does not meet the specification?

Can you recommend a device that will satisfy the requirements?

What type of software should be installed on the device?

What happens if my child’s device breaks?

How will St. Mary’s work with families who receive financial aid?

What are the benefits for students?

Are there disadvantages to students having their own devices?

Will St. Mary’s teach students how to use their devices?

How long does the school assume the device to last?

Does the school have safe places to store students’ devices?

Will textbooks be digital?

Will St. Mary’s continue to have computer labs?

Will students be able to print from their devices while on the school network?


What type of device should my child have?

Students will be expected to have a laptop device that runs all features of the Google Chrome web browser.

What type of device does not meet the specification?

Examples include iPads and Android tablets

Can you recommend a device that will satisfy the requirements?

Yes, we recommend a Chromebook. These are available new for under $200. Click here for more information.

What type of software should be installed on the device?

The only required software is the Google Chrome browser (which is pre-installed on Chromebooks).

What happens if my child’s device breaks?

St. Mary’s can provide limited help-desk support for student devices, including providing students with loaner devices.

How will St. Mary’s work with families who receive financial aid?

We are committed to ensuring that all students can participate fully in BYOD. If necessary, students will be able to check out a Chromebook from the Callaway Library that will be theirs for the year.

What are the benefits for students?

The increased use of technology has become an important aspect of the educational life of a student. Having their own laptop ensures that students have devices they are comfortable with and that are in good repair.

Are there disadvantages to students having their own devices?

There are essential responsibilities that come with students having their own devices. St. Mary’s will partner with parents to teach students how to take care of their devices and use them responsibly. Students won’t be using their devices all the time. The ultimate goal is to teach students when and where technology enhances their learning and where it doesn’t. There will definitely be days when students won’t use their devices.

Will St. Mary’s teach students how to use their devices?

We will offer orientation sessions for all Middle School students at the beginning of the year. Additionally, students will also learn specific skills in their classes as they are needed.

How long does the school assume the device to last?

This is dependent on the particular device and the level of care it receives.

Does the school have safe places to store students’ devices?

Students will be required to have their names prominently displayed on the lids of their laptops. 7th and 8th graders should use their hall lockers and school bags for storage, and 6th graders can use their cubbies.

Will textbooks be digital?

Our primary goal is to utilize the best resources available for each class, and in some cases those resources may not be digital. That said, many of our textbooks will have a digital component version next year.

Will St. Mary’s continue to have computer labs?

Yes, we will continue to have at least one dedicated computer lab because some high school classes require specialized software that will not run on Chromebooks.

Will students be able to print from their devices while on the school network?

No. To print a document, students will need to use one of the desktop computers located in the Callaway Library.

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