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Google Apps for Education

How is my student’s privacy protected?

Google Apps for EDU is compliant with FERPA and U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement.  Google Apps for Education is a separate offering from other Google products. This special service geared for the educational environment provides additional security features, including the ability to review all content in compliance with our Board policy and control which students have access to email and Chrome apps. In addition, your student’s district Google account data will not be collected for advertising purposes.  

My student’s log-in is an email address, does my student have email?

Yes, your student does have an email account, but email capabilities are controlled by the school district.  The district provides the following email access to students:

  • Grades K-8 can only send and receive emails to and from district staff.  They cannot email anyone outside of the district staff list, including other students.

  • Grades 9-12 can send and receive inside and outside of our district, just as a regular email account.

Can my student access his/her Google Apps for Education account from home?

Yes, your student can access his/her account from home or any place with an Internet connection. The account is still managed by the school and the rules listed above and in Board policy still apply when used outside of the district.

Does Google own or have rights to my student’s files, pictures, or documents when they store them on Google Drive?

From Google:  "Data ownership and management - Google Apps for Education users own their data, not Google. The data that schools put into our systems is theirs, and we believe it should stay that way—it says so in our contracts."

The district maintains all rights listed under BOE policy EHB regarding user privacy, just as with any district instructional resources. 

Why did the district move to Google Apps for Education?

Google Apps for EDU provides an environment that empowers our district to collaborate and work efficiently.  These tools, including email, Drive and the ability for multiple people to edit and comment in a document at the same time, has opened new opportunities for immediate feedback and collaboration.  After a year-long pilot during the 2013-2014 school year, the district decided that Google Apps for EDU was a positive move.

How does my student log into Google Apps for Education?

Your student logs into Google Apps for EDU with the email address provided by the district. They can only access apps that the district approves and allows.

Who can I contact for more information?

Your building principal will be happy to discuss Google Apps for Education with you and direct your question to the appropriate person.