Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) &
“Access First” Equity Loaner Program
Palisades Charter High School is committed to assisting students to pursue academic excellence using 21st Century technology tools that prepare them for college and careers in today’s global economy. New technology continues to change our world and provide positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. One of the District’s primary technology goals is to ensure that each user's interactions with technology contribute positively to the learning environment. PCHS provides high-speed wireless Internet access to all students who sign our Responsible Use Policy and demonstrate continuous, ethical Digital Citizenship practices throughout the school year.
BYOD allows students to bring and use their own technology to access the PCHS high-speed wireless Internet network during the day in order to enhance the learning experience. We expect all students to be good digital citizens and support the PCHS Responsible Use of Technology Policy. While Chromebooks are the most common BYOD device, Windows laptops/tablets, Mac laptops, and iPads can be used if they meet the BYOD minimum requirements. The District's minimum requirements describe the technical needs of the device for connecting to and supporting school instructional material, which includes a physical keyboard and the ability to connect to our network. Families can review the PCHS Responsible Use for Students and Families Policy for more information, which is included as part of registration each year. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to review the Parental Concerns resource site by CommonSense Media for guides on how to protect your children while using their device at home. For more information on how to set parental controls for your student’s device CLICK HERE.
Only students who do not have their own device may then check out a PCHS loaner Chromebook from the school at the start of the year when they go to pick up their textbooks. Families with the financial means to purchase a device for their students are strongly encouraged to do so in order to help reserve the equity loaner pool of chromebooks for families that may experience a financial hardship. In order to check out a loaner students must have their parents fill out and sign the Release of Technology Equipment and Acceptance of Financial Responsibility Form to turn in at the time of device checkout. For the 2018-2019 school year we have expanded our loaner program to accommodate all 9th and 10th students. 9th and 10th grade students will have priority access to PCHS Chromebook loaners during the first few weeks of school. After that any PCHS student may check out a loaner depending on the number remaining. If you have any questions about our Technology program, need advice about the right device for your student, assistance with digital textbooks, or any other technology issue, please contact our Pali High EdTech team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitively priced Chromebooks and laptops are available through Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers. Even though PCHS does not endorse any particular company or distributor here are some recommended specifications we strongly suggest you consider before making a purchase: BYOD Recommendations Flyer