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October 27, 2015
 

Dear parents/guardians,

The Bastrop Independent School District Technology Department is committed to supporting the district mission through innovative, student-centered technologies that motivate and ignite passion for life-long learning.

Students in Bastrop ISD have access to Google Apps for Education accounts, which include email, document creation, calendars and collaboration tools. Students and teachers have access to anytime, anywhere, interactive digital content. This year, we are making a change for your child.

Students in grade 9-12 will now have access to open email, meaning, they may use their Bastrop ISD student Google email account to send and receive email outside of the @bisdtx.org domain. Students in all other grades will only have access to email within the @bisdtx.org domain (to others with a @bisdtx.org email address).

This change will benefit your child in several ways, including allowing communications between your child and others regarding their education:

  • Submit/receive notifications about college applications
  • Complete projects involving communication with community members
  • Ease of access to educational web applications

Student safety is our top priority. While Google Apps for Education accounts are primarily for educational use, with this change, students in grades 9-12 may now interact with Apps for personal use. Bastrop ISD would like to take this time to share our safety measures with you regarding this change:

  • Student email archival: emails are archived for 5 years.
  • Word search filter to address cyber bullying: emails sent internally or externally with certain words will be redirected to an internal email address for possible review.
  • Privacy: All Student email is subject to monitoring and there should be no expectation of privacy with any student account.

In addition, all student accounts are bound by the policies and guidelines as outlined in the Responsible Use Policy, Student Handbook, campus specific and classroom specific guidelines. Bastrop ISD Administration reserves the right to remove student access to any school district provided accounts. We encourage you to talk with your child about appropriate use of technology. Consider these tips when addressing digital citizenship with your child:

 

Consumer Safety (Advice for Students and Parents)

  • Don't get scammed. Crooks are good at fooling people. They create fake emails and web pages that look real in a practice called phishing. Don't trust links or web pages sent by email. Instead, open a new browser window and type in the address yourself.
  • Don't get spammed. Spam is unwanted advertising sent by email. Never reply to spam and never do business with a company that sends spam. Use the "report spam" button to get rid of spam.

Digital Citizenship (Advice for All)

  • Treat others well. It hurts to get a mean email just like it hurts when someone is mean in the school hallway. When using email or making a post on a forum or web page, be kind. Everyone will see what you write so think before you type. Be careful with what you say about others and yourself.
  • Respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual reproduces a work without permission that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of that work, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If the user is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.
  • Students have First Amendment rights to free speech. Your rights can be limited in school, though. If you post something via email or on a school web page that disturbs the learning environment in your school, your right of speech may be limited. School web sites, email, and groups are for educational use and are not considered public forums for debating ideas. This means that a school has the right to limit student speech that disturbs the learning process in these areas.

These are the laws and policies that help to protect our students online:

District technologies support teachers and allow students to compete globally by engaging students in diverse, relevant, and rigorous learning experiences. Through these tools and training we continuously strive to create an environment where technology facilitates the needs of 21st century learners.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Bastrop ISD Technology HelpDesk at (512) 772-7199.

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