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 for each school level:
The school requires the device supports 5GHz Wifi, has at least a 10″ 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 2019.
If you already have a device that meets those requirements then you should be able to use that device at our Upper School.
Please note: Some classes or teachers may have specific device requirements for participation. If you have a question about the requirements of a specific class you can reach out to the teacher for clarification.
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 they already own. Lower and Middle school students must use the device provided by the school while on campus.
For our BYOD program a device must have at least a 10-inch, have 5Ghz compatible WiFi module (2.4Ghz will NOT work), and also have a physical keyboard. The device must run either Windows, MacOS, or ChromeOS as it’s operating system. iPads are not allowed in our BYOD program as they run iOS which is not compatible with much of our curriculum software.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 device. We highly recommend all students protect their devices by creating a strong 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 chromebook for the day, and it is up to the student to have the device repaired as soon as possible. Students can request a long-term loaner if the repair is expected to take an extended period of time.
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.