Google Apps for Education (GAFE) in RRISD
- Please review Google’s information regarding Google Apps for Education Services
- Please review this information regarding the difference between general Google Accounts and Managed Google Apps Accounts like the ones used in RRISD
The District has standardized on Google Apps for Education for all teachers and students in grades K-12 as a suite of web-based programs providing email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, calendaring, research, and collaboration tools for students and teachers. The effective use of these tools will help prepare and engage our 21st century learners. We believe that the tools provided by the Google Apps for Education suite closely align with international standards for technology integration as well as with our State and District standards.For instructional and administrative purposes, students are automatically given access to Google Apps for Education accounts on the first day of school. In RRISD, Google Apps for Education runs on an Internet domain owned by RRISD and is intended for educational use only.
As a cloud-based suite, Google Apps for Education will be available at school and at home via the web. RRISD uses a robust content filter, but, with all online activity, there is always a chance students could be exposed to inappropriate content. School staff will monitor students’ use of Apps when students are at school. Parents are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of Apps when accessing programs from home. RRISD internet filters DO NOT filter or restrict internet traffic when not at school. Students are responsible for their own behavior at all times and their strict adherence to RRISD’s Code of Conduct is expected. RRISD monitors all student email (which is limited to student to staff only) and the contents of student created Google Documents in Google Drive.
Communications are not considered confidential. RRISD reserves the right to access and review content in the Google Apps for Education system at any time. RRISD complies with all state and federal privacy laws. The District provides the opportunity for parents to opt out of student participation in Google Apps for Education via the Permission form in Section III. Note: parents must submit an updated permission form each year. Additionally, RRISD uses a service that actively monitors all communication via Google Apps and alerts the student with a warning of misconduct. Repeat misbehaviors are reported to campus administration and any severe or dangerous statements result in immediate contact of district administration or law enforcement.
Concerning Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) COPPA limits the ability of companies to collect personal information from children under 13. No personal information is collected for commercial purposes in our GAFE domain. The permission form allows the school to act as an agent for parents in the collection of information within the school context.