For the 2019/2020 school year, Detroit Country Day School provides computing devices for students grades PK3-6. For students in grades 7 through 12, students can continue to use their school issued device 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 (either touch screen or physical). Examples of acceptable devices are Microsoft Windows based laptops, Apple laptops and Chromebooks.
If you already have a compatible computing device, setup is very simple.
Most of the applications we use are web based. The list of sites that we use are located on our apps portal page at:
Students can login to this site with their DCDS username and password.
Some applications require a Client to be installed on Windows, MacOS, Android and Apple iOS. Here is the link to the download page for the VMware Horizon Client:
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, a student may use a device that he/she already owns.
Any Windows, MacOS, Chromebook or Linux laptop device will work, as long as it supports 5GHz Wifi
No additional software applications are required.
The 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.
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 within 15 minutes, 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.