Detroit Country Day School provides computing devices for students grades PK3-8. For students in grades 9 through 12, students can continue to use their school issued device from previous years or bring their own device.
Below is a breakdown of the program:
The school requires the device supports 5GHz Wifi, has at least a 7″ screen and includes a keyboard. Examples of acceptable devices are Microsoft Windows based laptops, Apple laptops and Chromebooks. For best performance we recommend devices that were manufactured after 2018.
If you already have a device that meets those requirements then you should be able to use that device at our Upper School.
As always, Detroit Country Day School’s IT Support is happy to provide assistance. We have a Help Desk Technician at each campus and we are staffed from 7:30am to 4:00pm on School Days
For Technical Support for all systems, including computers, phones, educational technology, network outages, senior systems and My BackPack, please send us an email to the following address:
No, as long as the device is functioning properly and is able to meet the minimum hardware requirements of our BYOD program, a student may use a device that he/she already owns. Lower and Middle school students will use the device provided by the school.
Any modern Windows, MacOS, Chromebook or Linux laptop device will work, as long as it supports 5GHz Wifi
If you would like to know if a specific device will or will not work well in our environment you can submit a support ticket by emailing your questions to email@example.com
No. If there is additional software required for a class DCDS will provide access to the necessary software.
Canvas and any virtual applications can be accessed from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.
Yes. The same policies and guidelines apply to personal computing devices as to school provided public computing stations.
Yes, however they may not be used as the student’s primary computing device for school use.
School staff will not have the ability to remotely access the contents of any personal computing device. We highly recommend all students protect their devices by creating a password, as well as installing anti-virus software whenever possible.
Unfortunately, these problems are not new to schools. The medium is changing from print to electronic, but the behavior is the same. These issues would be addressed through the standard disciplinary protocol of the school.
We recommend you purchase an extended warranty for the device at the time of purchase. Malfunctioning computing devices should be brought to the Help Desk, where an initial diagnosis will be performed. If the problem can be easily fixed, the technician will do so. If not, students will be provided with a loaner, and it is up to the student to have the device repaired as soon as possible. We will attempt to facilitate the repair if possible. Students will need to return loaners within two weeks.
We have high expectations for honorable behavior within our community. Our teachers are among the most engaging and gifted professional educators in the field. The workload for students is significant. Off-task behavior of any kind is often self-correcting. The teacher can also, of course, tell students at any time to “close your device” to be sure the potential distraction is not available.
Download the ‘My Backpack Mobile’ App from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Use DCDS for the school code and then log in with your credentials.