BYOD Policy

BYOD policy

Mesquite Independent School District strives to infuse 21st century skills throughout the district, integrating technology as a tool for problem-solving and creativity.

MISD provides many technology resources, one of which is a Guest Wireless Network (misd-wifi). Students in grades 9-12 and District employees are allowed to bring their own devices with WiFi capability to a campus or work site.

All users of the MISD GUEST NETWORK shall comply with the MISD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and additional procedures outlined in this document.

Accessing MISD Guest Network from Your Wireless Device

MISD provides Internet access points at no charge in selected areas for guests with portable computers or devices capable of receiving wireless signals (wireless devices). System users are able to access the Internet from their wireless devices when positioned within range of an access point. Guests are expected to use the wireless access in a legal and responsible manner. By using this wireless access network, the user acknowledges that he/she is subject to, and agrees to abide by all laws, and all state and federal rules and regulations applicable to Internet use as well as MISD
policies and guidelines.

Violation of school or district policies, local, state and/or federal laws while using a personal electronic device on the MISD wireless network will result in appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action as specified in the Student Handbook and Code of Student Conduct, School Board policy as well as by local, state and/or federal law.

Internet access is filtered by the District on personal devices in the same manner as District-owned equipment.

Terms and Conditions of Use

Guests who wish to access MISD’s guest network will need a mobile device equipped with a wireless card that supports the MISD WiFi standard.

Mobile devices include, but are not limited to, laptops, netbooks, tablets, iPads, iPod Touches, smartphones and eReaders.

These devices are the sole responsibility of the student owner.

The school or District assumes no responsibility for personal devices if they are lost, loaned, damaged or stolen and only limited time or resources will be spent trying to locate stolen or lost items. To prevent loss, students should record the device serial number and maintain that information at home. Devices and peripherals such as cables or headphones should also be clearly labeled with the student’s first and last names.

These devices have educational and monetary value. Students are prohibited from trading or selling these items to other students on District property, including school buses.

Each student is responsible for his/her own device: set-up, maintenance, and charging.

Teachers will not store student devices at any time, nor will any District employee diagnose, repair, or work on a student’s personal device.

Electronic devices are to be used in the classroom for educational purposes only, and at the discretion of the classroom teacher. When in use, devices must be on vibrate or silent mode so that no audible tone is heard. A teacher or administrator may permit the use of ear buds or other types of headphones.

Campus administrators and teachers have the right to prohibit use of devices at certain times or during designated activities (e.g., campus presentation, theatrical performance, or guest speaker) that occur during the school day.

Teachers may take up a device if a student is causing a distraction, is off task, or is using the device inappropriately, but may only hold it until the end of the class period.

Staff & Student Agreements

When registering their devices on the MISD-WiFi network, students and staff must agree to the following statements.

Mesquite ISD is providing access to wifi and the opportunity for you to use a personal device for learning.

By registering your device, you accept the statements noted below.

Those who bring a personal device to school assume total responsibility for the device. You must take all reasonable measures to protect against theft or damage of your device.

The following measures are recommended as a means to protect your device:

  • Personal devices should have a label indicating the owner of the device.

  • Personal devices should never be left unattended.

  • Personal devices should not be left in view in an unattended vehicle.

  • Personal devices should never be shared between students.

Users accept that all MISD policies regarding the use of electronic devices and the internet apply to personal devices connected to the internet with MISD network.

Note: Students

You agree to follow the acceptable use policy and will be held responsible just as if you were using a school owned device.

Security Considerations

Wireless access is by nature an insecure medium. As with most guest wireless networks, any information being sent or received over MISD wireless network could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Cautious and informed wireless users should not transmit their credit card information, passwords and any other sensitive personal information while using a wireless "hotspot.”

Users who access MISD’s wireless network are forewarned that there can be no expectation of privacy when using he wireless network. Users assume all associated risks and agree to hold harmless MISD and its employees for any personal information (e.g., credit card) that is compromised, or for any damage to the users' hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues, damage caused by viruses or hacking, or damages or loss sustained as a result of the user’s connection to or access to MISD’s systems. All wireless access users should maintain up-to-date virus protection on their personal laptop computers or wireless devices, as well as staying up-to-date with applicable Operating Systems security patches.


MISD is providing wireless connectivity as a guest service and offers no guarantees that any use of the wireless connection is in any way secure, or that any privacy can be protected when using this wireless connection. Use
of MISD’s wireless connection is entirely at the risk of the user, and MISD is not responsible for any loss of any information that may arise from the use of the wireless connection, or for any loss, injury, or damages resulting from
the use of the wireless connection.

Students and staff who do not accept the terms of service will not be able to access the MISD Guest Network. The terms of service prompt listed above will post each time an outside user attempts to use this network and a user
must agree to the terms as a condition of connection.

Access to the MISD Guest Network is a privilege and administrators and faculty may examine a student’s personal device to review files and messages to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are acting

Guidelines for using personal devices in the classroom