Protecting Sac City Unified Students Online

e-Connections Post

Dear SCUSD Families:

Sacramento City Unified School District is using Chromebooks this school year. To help keep our students safer and more scholarly online during school activities, we have adopted an online service called GoGuardian Teacher that will be activated later this week. This classroom management system allows teachers to help students manage their online learning environment to increase engagement and focus on class activities. 

Over 10,000 other schools use GoGuardian to protect 5.5 million students across the world, and the Global Educator Institute has endorsed the GoGuardian Teacher product.

How are we using GoGuardian?

We have chosen GoGuardian Teacher services to:

  • Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material.
  • Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online.
  • Help assess students’ progress towards class assignments.
  • Facilitate communication between teachers and students during class time.

When and how does GoGuardian operate?

GoGuardian’s web-based services only operate on our school’s managed Google Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e., when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with their school email address). It does not operate when logged in with a personal account.

Sac City Unified enables teachers to use GoGuardian Teacher with students in their classes only during school hours from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Within GoGuardian, teachers can easily share websites with students, block non-learning websites during class time, and assist students in navigating the internet. The GoGuardian icon will be illuminated in the students’ Chrome browser when monitoring is active. Teachers and students can chat but voice calling and video conferencing will be turned off. If these settings change, further communication will be sent.

What are the school’s responsibilities?

Schools will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety.  Additionally, we will offer training for teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to ensure protection of student privacy.

What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

We ask that students use their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of SCUSD’s Acceptable Use Policy.

When a student is learning off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. While GoGuardian allows teachers to monitor this activity, we encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your student and reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety. We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us. There are resources available at CommonSenseMedia.org to assist with these conversations. 

How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?

To help your child remain scholarly and safe online, GoGuardian collects certain personally identifiable information about your child.  GoGuardian has consulted with privacy experts, participates in privacy organizations, is a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge, and has been awarded certifications by iKeepSafe for complying with both Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and California student privacy laws.  For more detailed information about GoGuardian, you may visit GoGuardian’s websiteTrust & Privacy Center, GoGuardian’s Product Privacy Policy, and the attached COPPA Notice and Disclosure Form.

Please contact the SCUSD Constituent Services Office during business hours at (916) 643-9000 or submit your request online at this link: https://scusd.edu/pod/constituent-services-request-form

We are here to answer any questions that you may have.  

Sincerely,

Sacramento City Unified School District