iPad Program

All Archbishop Mitty students are provided with an Archbishop Mitty issued iPad to use both at school and at home. The iPad enhances teaching and learning at Archbishop Mitty. We are proud of our commitment to provide our students with the most contemporary and complete Catholic, college preparatory education imaginable.  The addition of a tablet to our educational environment provides students with both a digital reading device and also a mobile computing device to enhance the cutting edge classroom instruction and research based education found at Archbishop Mitty High School.


When do students first receive their iPads?

New students receive their iPads during the first full week of August before school begins.

Is training available for students on how to use the iPads?

Yes. Training is embedded in the curriculum and focused on new students for a more in depth orientation.

May students opt out of using the iPad altogether?

The short answer is no; the benefits of a tool like this can only be achieved if the tool is used by all students.

Can students install their own apps?

Apps will be pushed out to student iPads by the AMHS IT department in support of classroom instruction.

What accessories will be needed with the iPad?

All students will need earphones with a microphone. Additionally, a stylus is highly recommended; the newest iPads will work with both the Apple Pencil and the Logitech Crayon.

Is there technical support for student iPads on campus?

Yes. An IT support staff member or Tech Team student is available from 7:15AM - 3:00PM in the Tech Office. Loaner iPads and batteries are available. Students are expected to have their iPads fully charged everyday of classes. Disciplinary action may result from a forgotten iPad or dead battery.

Do students get to keep their iPads when they graduate?

Yes, the assigned student iPad is given to seniors upon graduation. All AMHS management of the iPad will be removed by erasing the device just before graduation.

My student already has an iPad. Will s/he be able to use that one?

No. The IT department at AMHS configures the iPads as "managed" devices to ensure we have consistent security, configuration, apps, and content.

What happens if an iPad gets broken, lost or stolen?

Archbishop Mitty High School is pleased to provide coverage for stolen or accidentally damaged iPads with an annual $40 fee. This coverage includes a single repair for accidental damage at no additional cost. Subsequent repairs for accidental damage are subject to a $50 service fee. Stolen iPads are subject to a $100 deductible and requires the successful filing of a police report. Lost iPads will be billed $300 for a replacement. To best protect the iPad and minimize the chance of damage, proper use of the AMHS supplied iPad case and front cover is required.

Should parents purchase insurance to cover student use of the iPad?

No. All AMHS iPads are covered by the schools repair and replacement program detailed above. 

Can I repair the iPad myself or take it to Apple for repair?

All AMHS iPads must be repaired or replaced by the AMHS IT Department. Attempting to repair the iPad yourself may result in voiding the warranty, suboptimal parts being used, and less reliable functionality. AMHS ensures that only original Apple hardware is used to ensure the best performing devices.  

Will students only be using digital books (ebooks)?

Not exclusively; paper books are still being used in some classes. AMHS uses the best materials for each learning environment. The academic department chairs, with the approval of the Administration, select materials for department instruction, including digital and hard copy books. Ebooks significantly reduce book costs to parents.

What do I do with the iPad during summer?

Students will keep their iPads during the summer. They may be used for any purposes within the school policies. Students should take care to keep the iPad updated and ready to use the first day of classes in the new school year.

Do I keep the same iPad for all 4 years?

The iPad issued Freshman year will be used by students until graduation. If a replacement is required during the student's four years, the same model iPad will be issued.

iPad Program Description and iPad Acceptable Use Policy

iPad Program Description and iPad Acceptable Use Policy

The iPad program at Archbishop Mitty High School provides tools and resources to the student. Effective teaching and learning with iPads integrates technology into the curriculum anytime, anyplace. Students must abide by the policies of the school to effectively use the iPad to enhance learning in the classroom and outside the classroom.

The policies, procedures, and information within this document apply to all iPads used at Archbishop Mitty High School. Teachers may set additional requirements for use in their respective classroom.

Above all, the iPad program at AMHS is an academic program and the policies governing the use of the iPad support its academic use.

A. iPad Distribution and Care

  1. Students are issued iPads at the beginning of the school year. The iPads are the property of AMHS and are loaned to students for their time at AMHS. Students are expected to use the iPads in conformity with the school's Acceptable Use Policy. Students are responsible for the general care of the iPad they have been issued by the school. iPads that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the IT Department for an evaluation of the equipment.

  2. Students and parents are solely responsible for the care and safekeeping of student iPads. Any loss or damage to iPads (outside of reasonable wear and tear), regardless of the cause, will be the strict financial responsibility of the students/parents. Students must immediately report damage or loss, including theft, to the Archbishop Mitty IT Department. Students/parents are not permitted to repair, alter, modify or replace iPads without express authorization from Archbishop Mitty.  Under no circumstance will Archbishop Mitty replace or repair a student iPad without the required payment from the student/parent.

B. General Precautions

  1. Students must have their iPads, iPad cases, and earphones with them at school every day. 
  2. Students are responsible for keeping their iPads’ batteries charged for school each day.
  3. Students may not remove or circumvent the management system installed on each iPad. This includes removing restrictions or “jailbreaking” the device. 
  4. iPads should always be kept within a protective case. Students may replace their case, but it should provide the same protection as the original.
  5. Only use a soft cloth to clean the screen, no cleansers of any type. 
  6. Cords and cables must be inserted carefully into the iPad to prevent damage. 
  7. iPads must never be left in an unlocked locker, unlocked car, or any unsupervised area. 
  8. Students may not remove or alter the “asset tag” located on the iPad’s back cover. 
  9. Printers are available on campus for limited student use as directed by the teacher of a class. Readers, worksheets, and other academic materials are available digitally on the iPad for study and reference. 

C. Sound, Music, Games, Pictures, or Programs 

  1. Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes. 
  2. During the school day, 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM, earphones may only be used in the library and student life center. Permission may be given for use of earphones by a teacher in a classroom, the science lab, or the mathematics lab. During the school day students may not use earphones in other areas on campus.
  3. Internet games and game apps are not allowed on the iPads.
  4. The software/apps originally installed by Archbishop Mitty must remain on the iPad in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times. From time to time the school may add software applications for use in a particular course.
  5. Students are not allowed to load extra software/apps on their iPads.
  6. Students may store their own photographs and music on their iPads.

D. Prohibited Use 

  1. Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials
  2. Any action that violates existing school rules or public law 
  3. Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials
  4. Sites selling term papers, book reports, and other forms of student work
  5. Spamming: sending mass or inappropriate emails 
  6. Gaining access to other students’ accounts, files, and/or data 
  7. Use of the school’s internet/E-mail accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity 
  8. Bypassing the Archbishop Mitty web filter through a web proxy
  9. Photographing or video recording on campus without the permission of a teacher for academic purposes or in support of a school program
  10. Student sharing of their passwords, addresses, or other personal information on the Internet without the authorization of a parent or Archbishop Mitty representative 
  11. Copying certain internet materials or reproducing materials without the permission of the author or other right-holder
  12. Plagiarizing academic materials 
  13. Using or possessing hacking software 

E. General Rules for iPad Use      

  1. Students that fail to charge the battery on their iPad, forget to bring the iPad to school, or need assistance with iPad related software or hardware on the device must be to class on time. Students must have the permission of their teacher to address these issues during class time. Students late to class due to iPad or technology related issues without permission will be assigned detention.
  2. Students may use the iPad only for academic purposes on campus between 7:30 AM and 2:00 PM.
  3. Students may not use other student iPads nor have them in their possession.
  4. In consideration for receiving the iPad from Archbishop Mitty, each student and his or her parent or legal guardian agrees not to sue and hereby releases, waives, discharges, holds harmless, indemnifies, and defends Archbishop Mitty High School and the Catholic Diocese of San José, as well as their respective employees, personnel, staff, volunteers, agents, directors, affiliates, and representatives, from any and all liability, losses, damages, claims, actions, and causes of action of every nature for any and all known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, bodily or personal injuries, property damage, or other loss, whether claimed by the student, parent, legal representative, or any third party, relating in any way to the use of the iPad furnished by Archbishop Mitty to the student.
  5. This iPad Acceptable Use Policy applies to Archbishop Mitty students at all times, whether or not the students are on campus, as Archbishop Mitty students are school representatives at all times.
  6. Individual school iPads and accessories must be returned to the Archbishop Mitty IT Department at the request of the school when a student graduates or ceases to be a registered student at AMHS.