We take the safety and security of your children as our most important priority, whether in the physical school, or online. In the technology department, we are constantly monitoring our systems and policies to ensure that we are doing our very best to keep your students safe online, and to keep harmful content away. To that end, we are announcing today two significant changes that will ensure that your students are more safe and productive while online.
Starting today, children in grades K-9 will no longer have district provided email access to the outside world. Email will be restricted to communications solely within our district. This change will immediately increase the safety of our students and reduce the likelihood of a stranger or unauthorized individual accessing your children.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be rolling out additional filtering and monitoring tools that will allow our staff to better lead students in focused instruction, monitor for on task behavior, and better protect our students from accessing inappropriate or unauthorized content. GoGuardian has been piloted by a small handful of our teachers in the last two weeks. During that time, we have seen a tremendous boost in our teacher’s ability to keep students on task while online, and have been able to address potential student misuse of the Internet.
Over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.
How are we using GoGuardian?
We have chosen GoGuardian Admin and GoGuardian Teacher services to:
· Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
· Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online
· Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments only if your school has GoGuardian Teacher
· Facilitate communication between teachers and students during class time if your school has GoGuardian Teacher
When and how does GoGuardian operate?
GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed G Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e. when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).