New Acceptable Use Policy
To provide students with an interactive, technology-rich learning environment, District 401 has been training its faculty and staff in the use of G Suite for Education as part of the District Technology Initiative.
What This Means for Students
As a result, D401 students now have the ability to access the applications and features associated with G Suite, such as Google Drive, Calendar, Docs, Slides and so on.
Students in grades 3-12 also have access to Gmail.
Gmail and Student Safety
Safety is a primary concern of ours as we begin expanding the role of technology in the classroom.
The Gmail system that students have access to is a closed system, meaning they can only communicate with students and teachers who have access to the same "@epcusd401.org" account.
This way they cannot receive or send messages outside of the D401 system.
Why a New Acceptable Use Policy?
The District's Acceptable Use Policy has been updated to appropriately reflect what students will be exposed to and what they are expected to use as D401 moves forward with its Technology Initiative.
In order for students to continue pursuing these opportunities, they and their parents/guardians must sign and return the updated AUP at the start of each school year.
A downloadable copy of the Digital Citizenship AUP Contract for early childhood and elementary school students can be found here. A copy of the AUP for middle and high school students is available here.
The Road Ahead
The updated AUP is a small step in a larger plan to incorporate technology into our classrooms and provide a more blended learning environment for all students.
District 401 is pleased with the excitement teachers have in wanting Elmwood Park students to experience the benefits of a blended classroom and providing further differentiation into their learning experience.