What is Google Suite for Education?

Google Suite for Education (GSfE or G:Suite) is a suite of tools that allows students and teachers to collaborate in real-time to create documents, presentations, surveys, spreadsheets and even websites. All tools are free, ad-free, reliable and secure.

Why is La Montagne Primary using G:Suite?

G:Suite provides the ability for students and teachers to communicate, store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from school or home, all within a secure “closed campus” online environment. It is important to remember an educational Google account is structured and managed differently to a “consumer” or “personal” Google account.

How can I use G:Suite to support my child's learning?

We encourage parents to sit down with their children to look at the school work stored within their child’s Google Drive and Classroom, just as we encourage pupils to share their work with their parents.

Will all my child's work be in G:Suite?

The simple answer is no. G:Suite is used to enhance and develop the experience of the child. As such, teachers will decide when it is appropriate to use G:Suite to share work and when other methods are more appropriate. Most subjects will, for example still require an element of handwriting, so will continue to use jotters where appropriate. However, we are encouraging pupils to take snapshots of good pieces of work to upload to Google Drive.

What rules and practices are in place to keep students safe?

Email messages sent from students using the provided email system are required to adhere to strict policies.. All email account users should be aware of the following: La Montagne Primary school monitors all inbound and outbound emails for viruses, profanity, offensive language, racism and sexual comments, virus hoaxes, chain-mail, and known spam mailers. You should assume that your G Suite for Education account has no expectation of privacy. La Montagne Primary school reserves the right to intercept, store, archive, delete, or view such emails for security purposes; and, where necessary, investigate inappropriate subject matter by the parties involved.

Student expectations include, but are not limited to the following:

■ Students will use this email account for the online learning process.

■ Students will exhibit respect and courtesy at all times when using their email account.

■ Students will understand that this email account can and will be monitored for inappropriate usage.

■ Students will NOT use this email to sign up for other online accounts unless permission is granted by the teacher or parent.

■ Students will not use this email account to send or receive derogatory subject matter.

Students under age 13 ordinarily need parent permission to have email accounts. However, COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act) allows schools to act as the parent's’ agent and approve G Suite for Education accounts on their behalf.

Below are some links to the sites that govern the district’s privacy measures as they pertain to your child’s information:

Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Requires the school to have filters in place to protect students from harmful materials, including the obscene.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) - Applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children the under the age of 13. Google advertising is turned off for G Suite for Education users. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes. COPPA allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context. The school’s use of student information is solely for educational purposes.

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