It’s the start to a brand new school year, and brand new adventures are on the horizon! As we guide students on those adventures, we want to ensure they have the best experience possible. Putting safety parameters in place helps to make that experience a successful one, and this year, the district is moving to a more secure password protocol. Keep reading to find out how this will affect you!
First, all elementary students will have their passwords reset to a default password (which is currently their 8-digit birthdate without punctuation and without spaces), including those students who have previously set up their own passwords in order to gain access to Google Drive. This will alleviate the management of trying to remember passwords from last year or tracking down the password cards from last year’s teacher(s). It will also make a more seamless experience to walk all students through the password set up, rather than attempting to figure out who does and does not need to set up passwords. Expect setting up passwords to be an annual process, as passwords will expire after one year.
All third through sixth grade students will now have personal logins, so it will be important that these teachers schedule time in the computer labs to walk students through setting up their passwords for this year. Setting up passwords in order to gain access to Google Drive and/or Office 365 MUST be done on a computer in the lab, NOT on a Chromebook. Once passwords are set up on the computer in the lab, then students can successfully log on to Chromebooks and Google Drive.
Second, there will be a new password protocol. One way to create a more secure password is to make it a complex one with a combination of UPPERCASE, lowercase, numeric and special characters. The new password protocol will require a combination of at least three of those options. For example, GFps1234 would meet this requirement because it has uppercase, lowercase, and numeric characters. You’ll also notice that this password example has the minimum requirement of eight characters. Lastly, the password CANNOT contain any part of the student’s name.
New Password Protocol
I have active directory cards that can help teachers manage the password setup process and have a reference for students as they learn their new passwords. I find these cards extremely helpful for both teachers and students in simplifying the process. Please feel free to contact your instructional coach or myself if you need support with this process.
P.S. As a last thought, this new password protocol will also apply to staff beginning in October. If you have not changed your password within the last year, you will be prompted to do so. And the new password will need to meet the complexity requirements listed above.
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