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Which grade levels are affected by the BYOD initiative?

  • The BYOD (a.k.a Bring Your Own Device) model is intended for grades 9-12.

What are the minimum requirements for a mobile computing device?

  • Access to the Internet
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Minimum of 4-hour battery life
  • Portability
  • Software (see below)
  • Anti-virus protection (Norton, Avast, AVG, etc.)

What operating system should I be using?

While Cole Valley Christian computers are all running Windows 10/11, the decision for your own device is a matter of personal preference. Laptops running both Windows and Macintosh operating systems can connect to the wireless network for access to the Internet. Please note, the Windows 10/11 in S mode operating system is not compatible with the BYOD program.

What devices are not acceptable?
  • Smartphones
  • iPads
  • Chromebooks
  • Kindle devices
  • Amazon devices
  • Android devices
  • Windows 8-RT device
  • Windows 10/11 in S mode
These devices do not have the ability to download and run Microsoft Office programs.
* With constant changes in technology, the list of devices excluded can drastically change and may not be listed in the above items.

What software do I need?

  1. Anti-virus software is required for all computers. Free versions of anti-virus software are available for all operating systems.
  2. Students will have access to Office 365 through licensing agreements with Microsoft, which will give them a downloadable version of Microsoft Office 365 for up to 5 computers. 
    • To install Microsoft Office, go to and login with the student's school user name and password. (The user name is as follows:, ie. John Smith would be If your student doesn't remember their login, they can go to the school helpdesk for assistance.
  3. A web browser (e.g., Edge, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome)

Are students expected to use their computing device both at school and at home?

Yes. One of the goals of the BYOD program is ubiquitous access. This means access to the learning tools at home and school. Some homework assignments will require you to use your computing device, while other assignments will not.

  • Acceptable Use Policies at School:  We are developing a set of general acceptable use policies that will be shared with students.  In addition, each teacher has the freedom to define more restrictive use policies for their classroom.  Examples:
    • Students may only use their device when the teacher has given permission to do so.
    • Devices should only be used for the task at hand.
    • Any breach of a teacher’s acceptable use policy will lead to revoked privileges for expanded lengths of time, depending on the infraction, and possible confiscation of the device until a parent meeting can be scheduled.