Student FAQ's for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Most laptops or other personal devices (smart phones), will detect a wireless connection when you are near one. Most of the time your device will ask you if you would like to join the network. When prompted, choose whps_wifi from the list. You must then launch a new web browser session (e.g. www.google.com) which will automatically redirect you to our welcome webpage. Staff and students must register on the left-side of the screen by using your username and password. HINT-this is the same username and password you use to login to a computer at school.
In the settings menu of your device, there is usually an icon for a network, go to this icon and choose the whps_wifi from the list or prompt your computer to look for wireless networks in range. Always consult your tool’s owner’s manual for exact directions for accessing a wireless network.
I brought my iPad to school to use in the classroom, but my teacher said I couldn’t use it in her classroom. Can I still use it?
It is up to the teacher whether or not mobile devices are allowed in the classroom. There might be some lessons where the teacher permits you to use your device, but that doesn’t guarantee you can always use it. Be sure to ask your teacher first.
Check the owner’s manual for your mobile device or ask a friend. Teachers and IT staff are not responsible for configuring or troubleshooting your personal mobile device.
You can access this resource only by utilizing a device owned by West Hartford Public Schools. Personally owned devices use a separate network. You should use your school provided Google Apps account to save and access your work.
You can use the school computers to print your work created in or uploaded to your WHPS Google Drive account.
Bringing your own technology tools to school can be useful, however some risks are involved as well. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft. West Hartford Public Schools is not responsible for the theft of a device nor are we responsible for any damage done to the device while at school. Any time a theft occurs, you should contact a school administrator to make him/her aware of the offense.
Student filtering is a requirement of all public schools. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered, regardless of the device you use to access it while in school. You are required to use the whps_wifi wireless for all internet activity in school. Use of cellular data plans (ex. 4G service) is prohibited.
Am I still held accountable for the Acceptable Use Policy I signed at the beginning of the school year even though this is my own personal computer?
Yes. The Acceptable Use Policy for WHPS remains in effect even when you are using your own laptop, smart phone, iPad etc. When you register your device on the school’s wireless network you will be prompted to read and acknowledge our acceptable use guidelines. Violating these terms would be a student code of conduct violation and would be dealt with by an administrator. You can review this policy here: WHPS Acceptable Use Policy