Access support for Apple devices and applications
Staff, students and their families can access technical support for Apple devices and applications direct from Apple using AppleCare Support. AppleCare Support is available at no cost to you and is provided through the Department's AppleCare Enterprise agreement. Access to AppleCare Support is not based on the ownership of the device or application. It is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to provide technical support for:
- Apple software and operating systems
- Apple applications such as Keynote
- Personal Apple accounts or settings
It doesn't provide any additional hardware coverage
To contact AppleCare Support
- phone 1300 760 237
- when prompted enter access code 2961
- follow the prompts to select your Apple device
There is a parent portal YSafe have set up for us with up-to-date and relevant information. The link is:
It provides a lot of advice on a variety of topics including advice about screen routines, digital agreements, starting with social media, selecting messaging apps and conversation starters about cyber bullying and so on. If you have any concerns or queries, please use this as a first reference point.
BYOD Set Up 2023
Everyone will need to fill in the paperwork to ensure that we know which device belongs to which owner. Please ensure it is with the iPad when it is brought to school tomorrow.
For New iPads (not yet had Jamf installed but used at home)
1. Fill in the form
2. Ensure iOS 16 is installed
3. Back up all data to iCloud - not iTunes.
4. Remove Apple ID, passcode and/or Touch ID and deactivate Find My...
5. Once home again - re set up passcode or Touch ID along with Apple ID
For Brand New iPads
1. Fill in the form
2. Send them in as is
3. Once they are home again - Set up iPad with Apple ID, passcode/Touch ID, activate Find My...
4. Check to see that iOS 16 has been installed and update accordingly
For iPads used at school last year
1. Fill in the form
2. Deactivate Passcode/Touch ID
3. Ensure that iOS 16 is installed
3. Jamf licence will be updated on the iPad as they only last a year
4. Once home again - re set up passcode or Touch ID and Apple ID
It is very important that your child/ren's iPad have been updated to iOS 16 as it will have the latest security settings on it. If it can't it runs a risk of something happening. Any device with an operating system older than iOS 14 should be reviewed as to whether it should be used at school.
Backing Up Data
To ensure the children are able to back up and access their saved work, please do the following:
1. Please ensure the device has an Apple ID signed into it. This will then enable to Find my Device to be active and can be tracked through another apple device should it get misplaced. it is also where you are able to activate iCloud storage.
2. Set up iCloud storage. This will back up all information to the cloud except Book Creator. Unfortunately Book Creator stores all its information in the app so once it is deleted all created presentations are deleted.
Backing up to iCloud is a very important tool for the students to be able to access saved work. Please check the storage size as once it gets to 5 GB, items need to be deleted or further storage will need to be purchased.
It is also important to note that once the storage is almost at capacity, it wont do another back up until there is suitable amount of space in the storage to do so. Photos and videos take up a lot of space so these may need to be regularly deleted - especially if the storage size is 32 GB.
The students are choosing to use their devices to be able to present their work - especially in the middle to upper years so that it is important to safe guard against data loss.
Being a Good Digital Citizen
All parents of children who have a BYOD iPad are reminded to check to see if their device/s have the latest iOS operating system installed. The latest version is at least iOS 16. If the device is has not the current operating system installed, there could be some security issues and the iPad may not be working as effectively as it could be. Please update the device as soon as possible.
Jamf Profile Christmas Holiday Concerns
As previously mentioned in the newsletter, we have recommended for any BYOD iPad owners that will continue to use their iPad at Bateman Primary School in 2023 to not remove the Jamf profile. This is recommended because the iPad would otherwise need to be wiped again before being able to set it up with our school system.
Leaving the Jamf profile on the device over the holidays may seem like a cause for concern due to potential problems such as the school profile activating due to an error or a software bug, causing the iPad to be restricted. However, we’d like to set your mind at ease about this. Once the school term has ended, the Jamf school configuration will be completely de-activated until school starts again next year. This will ensure that the configuration will not be able to activate at all over the holidays.
To clarify, de-activating the configuration will not remove the profile that is installed onto the BYOD iPad. It will simply ensure that it is not possible for the school restrictions to be applied onto the iPad at all throughout the holidays.
Apple Screen Time and Parental Controls
Apple Screen Time is a tool used to restrict the usage of an iPad. It has the ability to set iPad time limits, specific app time limits, block apps, restrict web or internet usage and more. Parents are able to set up their child’s iPad with these restrictions using a separate passcode for access. We recommend that it be a separate passcode from the one used to lock the iPad so that the children cannot access these restrictions.
Up until now, our Jamf configuration would previously reset any Apple Screen Time and parental controls upon connecting to the school network with a BYOD iPad. We have now found a way to resolve this issue. From today, any Screen Time settings that are set up on a BYOD iPad will remain even after it has been connected to the school and also once it has been taken home again.
Due to the settings now being retained, any settings that are configured to restrict these iPads will also restrict its usage at school. As such, we ask that parents be mindful when setting up Apple Screen Time so that the iPads will still be able to be used for all class work. We do not recommend fully blocking web browsers such as Safari and Chrome at home as it will impact on the iPad user’s learning at school. The iPads are frequently used for research and other online learning tools such as Mathletics. We would suggest using Downtime (Found in the Apple Screen Time parental settings). This will stop the iPad from being used at all during the nominated times.
If you have little to no experience with Apple Screen Time and would like to make use of it, we will be releasing a basic tutorial on how to set it up and use it. Please click here to view tutorial.
Can I remove Jamf from my iPad over the holidays?
While it is possible to remove the Jamf profile from your iPad over the holidays, we strongly recommend against doing so. Over the holidays, as long as the iPad is not attempting to connect to the school Wi-Fi, the Jamf profile should be dormant and not in any way affect or restrict your iPad usage. Removing the profile should therefore provide no benefit, though there is a downside. If you were to remove the profile during the holidays, the iPad would have to be completely wiped in order to set it up with the school network once it intends to be used as a BYOD device once again.
Can I Restore My iPad from iTunes over the Holidays?
Please also take note that a BYOD iPad cannot be restored with an iTunes backup without losing all Jamf functionality. This means that the iPad would have to be wiped once again in order to set up Jamf, so defeating the purpose of restoring data to the iPad (from iTunes).
How do I Retrieve Backed Up Data from iCloud?
If any data needs to be backed up and restored to a BYOD iPad, it is recommended to sync the iPad to iCloud before installing Jamf. Then retrieving any data from iCloud once the iPad has been successfully set up with Jamffor BYOD. This data should be restored individually and not using the full iPad restore option that can be done via iCloud because it would cause the same problems as restoring the iPad via iTunes. Please refer to the BYOD Partial iPad Data Restore from iCloud Tutorial for further information.
Please click here to find instructions on how to restore backup from the Cloud.
Jamf Removal for Leaving Students
All students who will be leaving Bateman Primary School at the end of this year will have their Jamf license revoked after school on the last Wednesday of the semester. This will be done automatically from our end, but please ensure that you have backed up any app data that you would like to keep from the school managed apps, as they will be removed once the Jamf license has been revoked. This can be done in iCloud backup settings by ensuring that the apps you would like to back up are enabled (Green) in this menu. Once you are certain that all of the necessary apps have been enabled for backup, back up the iPad by pressing the “iCloud Backup” button, then the “Back Up Now” button. Be sure to back up this data before the last Wednesday of the semester, otherwise all data from the Jamf managed apps on the device will be lost.
For any students that are in the process of moving schools now, if your new school requires your iPad to be set up with their system immediately, it can be done at any time. This is because you do not need to remove our Jamf configuration to be able to set it up with another school as our Jamf configuration does not lock your iPad to our school. Be sure to back up any data you will need to iCloud, then remove your passcode and/or Apple ID from the device before handing it in to your new school to be set up as it will need to be wiped.