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Connecting to VCS WiFi

As many of you are aware, the installation of the Valdosta City Schools’ system-wide WiFi was completed in 2013. In order to prepare for anticipated use of technology in a BYOD environment, we have set the WiFi up with a public access feature for teacher and student owned devices. The public access WiFi should only be used for educational purposes appropriate to the school environment. A good example of proper use would be a teacher using a personal iPad to show students apps to help them with their math. An example of improper use is a student or teacher accessing the school’s WiFi with their iPhone to keep from using their own data plan to conduct personal business or stream music. Remember, we are all sharing the same network access so anything you do on the network will be using bandwidth just like it would if you were using your desktop.

Our WiFi has several layers of security and you are required to follow the instructions below to establish your WiFi access credentials.

 

  1. Students must have completed a Cyber-Safety course either on our Moodle site, Learning.com, Brain Pop, or any other teacher guided curriculum and had this verified by their teacher on the Technology Tab in Infinite Campus.

  2. Students must have parental permission recorded on the Technology Tab in Infinite Campus.

  3. Connect to the WiFi with your personal device in the same way you would at a hotel or restaurant. You will need to look for  Alleycatnet in the list of wireless networks in range.

  4. Launch a browser window on your device and you will see a denied access page with a copy of the WiFi Acceptable Use Agreement.

  5. Complete the form with your sponsor name (enter bksmith@gocats.org or mswift@gocats.org ), your name, email address, school, reason to connect, etc. and click “I agree to the Cybersafety Acceptable Use Agreement for VCS Networks.”

  6. Click the button “Complete Registration.”

  7. Wait...Your sponsor will approve the WiFi address for your device and you should be able to connect from any building in the Valdosta City Schools system within 24 hours.

  8. From time to time changes may be made to the user agreement and you will be required to complete the registration process again. Also registration of devices will be required at the beginning of a new school year even if changes are not made to keep the list of allowed users and devices current. Any new devices you attempt to use within the VCS Network will also need to be registered.