Wireless Access & Hot Spots
The MISD Technology Department provides guest WiFi access as well as hot spots for students if an internet connectivity need is determined.
Requesting a Wireless Hot Spot
Review the MISD Student Device Usage Handbook.
- Contact the student's home campus to request a hot spot. (Each campus has an assigned person that handles hot spot requests.)
- The assigned campus contact will go over eligibility criteria to determine if the student qualifies for a hot spot.
- Hot spot availability, as well as any other arrangements regarding hot spots, are managed by your campus.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Specifications
In instances where students opt to bring personal devices to use onsite for educational needs, they must ensure the device meets the district's compatibility standards before purchasing or bringing a device from home.
To connect to the Internet with these student-owned devices, users may use the district's guest Wi-Fi network.
Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.
You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.
If your household is eligible, you could receive:
- Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
- A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP*
Congress passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000, tying E-rate program discounts to a school’s Internet safety policy. The FCC requires three elements for compliance: content filtering to prevent access to obscene, pornographic or harmful images; monitoring of online activities of minors; and education in appropriate online behavior and cyber-bullying awareness.
To comply with CIPA, Mansfield ISD employs a variety of methods to manage devices including Internet filtering, Chromebook management and application restrictions. Internet filtering collects information about the sites that students access. If a student attempts to access an inappropriate site, a block or firewall screen is generated and the filtering software blocks the viewing of the site.
The MISD technology department uses Google management to monitor Chromebook use and for device inventory. AirWatch, a management software program, is used to monitor iPads. Other management software utilized by the technology staff may be used to monitor and manage applications on the student devices. All students must be on the Mansfield ISD wifi and logged into our systems. (Personal devices must be on the Guest Wi-Fi.) Chromebooks must be logged into Google Chrome at school regardless if it is a district-issued or personal device.