September 4, 2019
It has come to our attention that some misinformation is currently circulating about our implementation of Lightspeed Systems to manage devices on our network. Lightspeed is an industry leader in providing device and network management in an educational setting, employed in roughly 20,000 schools across 35 countries.
Although personally owned devices are supposed to be turned off and put away during school, as outlined by the Acceptable Use Policy in the Student Handbook, Lightspeed in no way affects personally owned devices that are not connected to the school network.
Lightspeed Systems will simply allow us to better ensure students are on-task during class and that our network is being utilized for educational purposes by improving our ability to monitor student online activity, including which websites are being visited. This applies primarily to district owned devices, as those are the only devices that should be connected to our network. However, if students choose to connect to district WiFi, they are bound to the same terms outlined in the Acceptable Use Policyand are therefore consenting to have their browsing activity visible while on the network:
“Because of security concerns, when personally-owned mobile devices are used on campus, they should not be used over the school network without express permission from IT staff. Please remember, the Acceptable Use Policy applies to privately-owned devices accessing the SD291 network, the SD291 Internet connection, and private networks/Internet connections while on school property.” (Student Handbook, pg. 32)
The ability to monitor internet activity over our network is paramount to protecting our students’ safety and data while online and ensuring our network is being utilized for its intended purpose. Lightspeed also gives teachers the tools they need to monitor student behavior during their instructional time. It by no means violates any student rights.
To learn more about Lightspeed, visit lightspeedsystems.com.