Rules, rules as iPads roll out

As devices go out K-12, students should be aware of the regulations


Bryce Graham

Ms. Forshey assists Bella Kies at a grade-level iPad launch meeting.

Kaelynn Behrens, Staff Writer

A long-awaited iPad initiative went district-wide Monday through Thursday when the Bellwood-Antis School District distributed devices to every student from K through 12. Juniors  received their iPads first on Monday, and sophomores received their iPads last on Wednesday. Myers students received the devices on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Bellwood-Antis student body is very excited for the technological change; however, there are limits that come with this large responsibility.

For example, students are not allowed to download apps onto the iPads, although there are several unique ones already built in. Those are the ones that have been approved by administrators for educational purposes. Therefore, there is no app store, iMessaging option, or iTunes located on these new devices.

However, apps that are requested by teachers may be pushed out to student iPads if they are approved by district administrators following a submission and vetting process.

We need every student in the district to be responsible with the expensive equipment.

— Ms. Forshey

Director of Instructional Technology & Media Ms. Jamie Forshey wanted to stress the importance of keeping the technology in good condition.

“We need every student in the district to be responsible with the expensive equipment,” said Mrs. Forshey.

All of the supplies that students receive will be returned to the school at the end of the year. However, the iPad students receive will be the iPad they have until they graduate. If the supplies, power brick, and cord are lost or damaged, they will need to be replaced in the same brand in good shape.

Along with these simple requests, there are a list of rules that need to be followed by the student body, expressed on a permission form signed by every student. Some rules include usage. Students are not allowed to delete apps or download apps to their iPads. Students also must abide by the Bellwood-Antis School District Acceptable Use Policy. This essentially means that the students have to act appropriately on the iPads when using district internet.

There are also rules for care. Students must protect their iPads from falling or getting wet. Students cannot loan their device or do anything to physically harm it. Students must also have their iPads charged and in school every day. They are now an essential part of the classroom and if they are not present then the student will be unprepared for class. The student body is also not allowed to mark up the cases or the device with pencil or stickers.

Junior Lexi Gerwert sees the good and the bad in these rules.

“The rules are good ones, but I think there will be a lot of students that break them,” Gerwert said. “For me, the rules are simple and easy to follow. I understand them. But for other students it might not be as easy.”

Sophomores Mya Decker and Gwen Dougherty  seem to be frustrated with the rules.

“I find it frustrating that we cannot download our own apps, even if they are for educational purposes,” said Mya.

“I don’t think the rules will be disobeyed because we can’t really do anything bad on them anyways,” said Gwen.

If the rules are violated by any student, it may result in the suspension of iPad privileges. Also, the administration and teaching staff has the power to inspect iPads at any time.

With all of these rules and regulations in mind, Bellwood-Antis School District is very excited and ready for this big technological change.