Rutherford Public Schools will be using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and numerous other online resources during the school year.
GAFE offers free web-based tools that facilitate collaboration and communication among students and staff when creating, sharing, and storing documents, assignments, videos, blogs, wikis, calendars, etc. online. Each of the GAFE tools can be assessed at school, home, the library, or anywhere with Internet access.
The Acceptable Use Policy applies at all times to the use of District provided GAFE accounts.
The following are the most common tools available to each student and hosted by Google as part of the District’s online presence in Google Apps for Education:
- Classroom – platform that integrates GAFE account with Google Apps services, including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.
- Mail – an individual email account for school use with restricted access.
- Calendar – an individual calendar providing the ability to organize schedules, daily activities, and assignments and share/collaborate with others.
- Drive – provides web-based tools enabling users to store, transfer, and share files, and view videos.
- “Google Docs,” “Google Sheets,” “Google Slides,” “Google Forms” and “Google Drawings” are web-based services that enable users to create, edit, share, and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and drawings.
- Sites – an individual and collaborative website creation tool.
- Video – an individual and collaboration video creation tool via YouTube.
In addition, original student work product, including but not limited to, written text, photographs, videotape, film or sound recordings, presentations, etc. created by the student as part of a class project and/or other assignment, may be published as part of a school-sponsored website, newsletter, and/or visual presentation, and may also be included in the public news media and/or published on public sites. Such publications or websites will not be used for commercial purposes. Any work published on the Internet will be available to a potentially limitless global audience. All such work must comply with the published guidelines established by the Board of Education.
Students need to know:
Students will follow school policies for appropriate use when using all Internet-based services like Google Apps and various other online services. These services are considered an extension of the school’s network. Students are responsible for their own behavior at all times.
Parents need to know:
The Student Access To and Use of Networked Information Resources Policy (6142.10) will be enforced. School staff will monitor student use of applications when students are at school. Parents are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of applications when accessing programs from home. Again, students are responsible for their own behavior at all times. The system administrators may have to examine files and email to diagnose and correct problems within the Google Apps for Education domain and all district hardware and cloud-based applications. The School District reserves the right to access the student accounts in the domain including current and archival files.
If you have any concerns, please contact your building principal.