Bring Your Own Device Minimum Requirements

Bring Your Own Device

Students may opt out of the district provided Chromebook if they bring their own device from home.  This device must be reliable and able to do everything that a Chromebook can do. Specifically students must be able to access all google products.  South Haven Public Schools is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen personal devices. 

Students will be allowed to access the district’s network and Internet connection with their personal mobile devices. Recommended devices that interface well with South Haven Public School’s technology systems include laptops (Macintosh and Windows), Chromebooks, and Android tablets.

SHHS Minimum Requirements for BYOD Devices (for complete requirements see handbook)
*  Operating System: Mac OS 10.7 or above or Windows 7 or higher or Google Chromium OS (Chromebooks -- self updating OS)
*  Wireless Connection: Devices must have wireless capability.  All South Haven Public Schools (SHPS) campuses are equipped with both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi radios, so a device with either or both capabilities is acceptable.
*  Battery Life: Devices should be expected to last the entire school day (minimum of 5 hours) with normal use.  Opportunities to charge devices in school are limited and subject to teacher discretion.
*  Storage and RAM: recommended a minimum of 16GB of storage on the device and 4GB of RAM for most operating systems, however 2GB of RAM may be sufficient for some devices.
*  Screen Size: SHHS recommends a minimum 11” screen.
*  Input Devices: A device with a keyboard is a minimum requirement as is a mouse, trackpad, or other pointing device.  Some touch screens may meet this requirement, such as a Microsoft Surface Pro, but we strongly discourage use of tablets, both Android and Apple (iPads) at this time.
*  Special Features: Camera and microphone will ensure students can participate in 21st century learning activities and collaboration.
*  Headphones / Earbuds
*  A protective case is strongly recommended regardless of the device.

We do not recommend an iPad for BYOD, as the screen size and platform limits the capabilities of the device, and may not meet some of our online assessment requirements (Illuminate, etc.).  The MacBook Air model has proven to be a great performer, however.

Document your device serial number at home and we recommend you add this information to the Parent Portal in Power School.  Place a label with the student’s name on the device and all cables and accessories.  Password protect your device.