Student GMail

Perkiomen Valley School District students in all grade levels will be provided with email addresses within the district’s Gmail domain.  We are taking this exciting step as a district to allow for enhanced communication between teachers and students, to allow for open scheduling that will help keep students informed about assignments, due dates and upcoming events, and to facilitate additional opportunities for collaboration as students use the G Suite for Education, formerly known as Google Apps for Education or GAFE, in their daily class work.

In addition, we feel that initiating the use of Gmail accounts within the school setting will allow students the opportunity to practice using a tool that they will have to know how to use effectively outside of school, and it will give them the chance to practice the digital citizenship lessons they have been learning throughout the year.  As with all Google Apps, the intention is to enhance critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication for students and staff.   Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills are concepts which help teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills are more than just a teaching tool; using these tools can assist in preparing students/technology users for college and career.

Elementary and middle school students will have the capability to email classmates, teachers, and other PV staff, while high school students will additionally be permitted the capability to email outside the internal portal/domain.

The District’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) outlines our expectations for the use of online collaboration and communication.  As part of the online verification process, parents are asked to acknowledge their awareness of the student handbook which includes reference to the district's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) as well as other policies and procedures.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How will students receive log-in information?

A. Student's’ log-in information will be the same as their network log-in.  

Q. If I am a student, how do I log in?

A. Students log-in by navigating to from any web browser. Select the “Gmail” link at the top right-hand corner of the page and enter your network user name (your PVSD email address) and your password.  

Q. If a student cannot remember their password, how do they retrieve it?

A. Students can work with their building technology teacher or librarian for help.

Q. How might email be used to facilitate communication between students and/or staff?

A. For example, students may receive email from their teachers to communicate reminders, course content, pose questions related to class work, etc.  Or, students may send email to their teachers with questions or comments regarding class.  In addition, students may send emails to other students to collaborate on group projects and assist with school classes.

Q. What happens when the student withdraws, or graduates?

A. When a student leaves the district, his or her Gmail account will be discontinued. We will offer support and instruction for students who want to save information stored in the Google PVSD domain for use beyond their time at PV.

Q. Will student accounts be turned off during summer months?

A. No, the G Suite tools will remain available for use during the summer months.

Q. Will student email accounts be monitored by the district?

A. Yes.   G Suite for Education gives schools the ability to filter, monitor or archive mail.  PVSD reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store student information.  

Q. Will my child’s information be secure with Gmail?

A. Yes. G Suite for Education is dedicated to customer service and privacy. For more information, click here.

Q. What is the district doing to guard against cyber-bullying with the use of this new tool?

A. The district has a digital citizenship curriculum in place that draws heavily from Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization “dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.” We strive to integrate topics such as internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, cyberbullying and digital drama, digital footprint and reputation, creative credit and copyright, into all classrooms.

In addition to teaching children what they need to know about safe behavior online, we will have each student at the secondary level sign off on our Acceptable Use Policy (815), which outlines what behaviors will not be tolerated. For elementary school students, we will ask parents to give their permission for children to use Gmail as part of the Google Portal through the online registration verification process.

Q. As a parent, will I be able to access my child’s Gmail account?

A. No, parents will not be able to access their children’s accounts, but we certainly encourage you to periodically monitor your child’s email activity and to ask your child to share his/her work with you.

Q. Does Google restrict Gmail use to those under the age of 13?  

A. The G Suite for Education agreement maintains that participating districts acknowledge and agree that it is their solely responsibility to ensure compliance with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  COPPA allows PVSD to act as the parent's agent and approve accounts on their behalf.  To ensure COPPA compliancy PVSD must provide an opt-out option.  The opt-out is explained and provided as part of online verification.