Letter to Parents on Technology, Privacy, and Security

Dear Parent/Guardian,

More and more, our teachers are using digital resources to deliver curriculum and instruction–and better meet the needs of our learners.  To facilitate communication and sharing in the classroom, the District has issued Google Apps for Education accounts to all students in grades K-12.  Additionally, students in middle and high school now have their own, personal Chromebook to use at home and at school.

Google Apps and Chromebooks offer a set of web-based tools that includes email, calendars, websites, and documents designed to improve collaboration and learning.  At the elementary and middle school levels, student accounts are restricted; they can only communicate with teachers and other students with @bps101.net addresses.  At the high school level, accounts have fewer restrictions, and students are encouraged to make connections with the world in authentic and responsible ways.

Of course, security and privacy are very important to us.  So is transparency.  We hope you’ll take some time to learn more about the digital tools your student may use in school, and how their data are protected.  If you would like to access your student’s account, please login to PowerSchool and see the Student Schedule page to obtain their username and password.

Digital citizenship and internet safety are part of our instruction at every grade level, but it is important to continue the conversation at home.  We encourage you to talk to your student about what they do online, appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, expectations, and healthy practices.   Please visit www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/for-parents for tips and resources.

We’re excited about the new opportunities our students and teachers now have to make connections, learn, and grow.  We hope you will join us on our journey.

Sincerely,

 

Tony Inglese
Chief Information Officer