Tips for certificated staff to prepare for launch of Schoology Parent Access on November 30

Infographic showing four ways to make the most of Schoology Parent Access, including add due dates and events to the calendar; use course updates; create a folder of course documents; and make a page about you and your contact infoA reminder that Schoology Parent Access will be made available for families starting on Friday, November 30.  Schoology Parent Access allows parents/guardians to view their child’s course activity, as well as materials and information posted by the teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Sharyn Merrigan, Bob O’Donnell or the OSD Help Desk at Ext. 6172.

Parents/guardians will be able to:

  • View their own child(ren)’s courses and groups.
  • View their own child(ren)’s profile, including blog, portfolio and badges.
  • View their own child(ren)’s Schoology calendar to see assignments and events.
  • View their own child(ren)’s activity in courses or groups.
  • View teacher provided materials, posts and comments in their own child(ren)’s courses.
  • View media albums.
  • View tests/quizzes if they are visible to students.
  • Sign up to receive a daily or weekly emailed report of their child(ren)’s work in Schoology.
  • Sign up to receive notifications if an assignment is overdue.

Parents/guardians will not be able to:

  • View scores and grades.
  • Interact with materials.
  • Complete assignments or assessments.
  • Add posts or comments.
  • View posts or comments added by other students.
  • View student or teacher Google files (depending on share settings).

In anticipation of Schoology Parent Access, staff should:

  • Review posted course materials for personal information about students (i.e. full names, photos).
  • Review posted course materials to ensure accessibility compliance.
  • Ensure that test/quiz visibility settings are as expected.
  • Ensure all photos or videos posted that show or name students have FERPA approval.
  • Ensure that Media Albums (a material type) contain files uploaded by the teacher only.
  • Unpublish or delete Media Albums that contain files uploaded by students due to visibility problem (Note: students may share files through Discussion posts instead, as parents will only see their own child’s work).

Once Schoology Parent Access is enabled, teachers/course admin will be able to view their courses as a parent by clicking on Course Options –> View course as [parent]

On November 30, parents/guardians will receive an informational email from the OSD Communications Department, followed shortly by an email from Schoology informing them of their provisioned account log-in information.

To learn more and see examples of communication about Schoology Parent Access that will be sent to families, see an email sent to OSD certificated employees on November 5 from Instructional Technology.

Schoology Parent Access launches November 30

Schoology Parent Access will be made available for families starting on November 30.  Schoology Parent Access allows parents/guardians to view their child’s course activity, as well as materials and information posted by the teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Sharyn Merrigan, Bob O’Donnell or the OSD Help Desk at Ext. 6172.

Parents/guardians will be able to:

  • View their own child(ren)’s courses and groups.
  • View their own child(ren)’s profile, including blog, portfolio and badges.
  • View their own child(ren)’s Schoology calendar to see assignments and events.
  • View their own child(ren)’s activity in courses or groups.
  • View teacher provided materials, posts and comments in their own child(ren)’s courses.
  • View media albums.
  • View tests/quizzes if they are visible to students.
  • Sign up to receive a daily or weekly emailed report of their child(ren)’s work in Schoology.
  • Sign up to receive notifications if an assignment is overdue.

Parents/guardians will not be able to:

  • View scores and grades.
  • Interact with materials.
  • Complete assignments or assessments.
  • Add posts or comments.
  • View posts or comments added by other students.
  • View student or teacher Google files (depending on share settings).

In anticipation of Schoology Parent Access, staff should:

  • Review posted course materials for personal information about students (i.e. full names, photos).
  • Review posted course materials to ensure accessibility compliance.
  • Ensure that test/quiz visibility settings are as expected.
  • Ensure all photos or videos posted that show or name students have FERPA approval.
  • Ensure that Media Albums (a material type) contain files uploaded by the teacher only.
  • Unpublish or delete Media Albums that contain files uploaded by students due to visibility problem (Note: students may share files through Discussion posts instead, as parents will only see their own child’s work).

Once Schoology Parent Access is enabled, teachers/course admin will be able to view their courses as a parent by clicking on Course Options –> View course as [parent]

On November 30, parents/guardians will receive an informational email from the OSD Communications Department, followed shortly by an email from Schoology informing them of their provisioned account log-in information.

To learn more and see examples of communication about Schoology Parent Access that will be sent to families, see an email sent to OSD certificated employees on November 5 from Instructional Technology.

A reminder to be cautious of phishing scams

Person holds cell phone to emphasize need to avoid fraudulent callers participating in phishing scamsThis is a reminder, as we posted in our blog earlier this month, that we have received several reports of employees being contacted this week at their schools by phishing scams. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details and money, often for malicious reasons, by someone disguising as a trustworthy entity. Common phishing scams include people impersonating as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, law enforcement or the courts.

Callers inevitably demand money to resolve “outstanding debts” or “legal issues” and often demand payment on reloadable gift cards, other prepaid credit cards, or wire transfers. Sometimes, they direct the person who answers the phone to a nearby store or bank to get and send money. A reminder that these are fraudulent calls. Hang up on these fraudulent callers.

Phishing scams can come in all forms, including phone calls, emails, letters and more. If you are ever unsure about the credibility of a call or other communication, you may always contact local law enforcement. You can also block future calls from a particular number on your mobile devices.

For calls of people impersonating the IRS, you may also report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration website. The website includes a list of scam alerts at the top of the Home page and a link to report fraudulent calls.

Message from Technology Department about pop-up notification on phones

Below is an important message from Technology this morning:

You may have received a pop-up notification on your smart phone (work and personal phones, Android and Apple) regarding “Google Apps Devices Policy”.  If you did not receive this message, you may disregard this post.

This pop-up notification went out to all phones with a district google account attached to them (as in, added to the local accounts on your phone). A setting within our G Suite management console was accidentally turned on, which caused this notification to go out.

We’ve turned the setting off, so if you restart your phone, the “Google Apps Devices Policy” should go away.  If, after restarting, you still see this notification, please email the helpdesk at helpdesk@osd.wednet.edu for assistance.  Thank you!

Scott Baker
Technology Support Manager
Olympia School District

Be cautious of phishing scams

Person holds cell phone to emphasize need to avoid fraudulent callers participating in phishing scamsWe have received several reports of employees being contacted this week at their schools by phishing scams. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details and money, often for malicious reasons, by someone disguising as a trustworthy entity. Common phishing scams include people impersonating as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, law enforcement or the courts.

Callers inevitably demand money to resolve “outstanding debts” or “legal issues” and often demand payment on reloadable gift cards, other prepaid credit cards, or wire transfers. Sometimes, they direct the person who answers the phone to a nearby store or bank to get and send money. A reminder that these are fraudulent calls. Hang up on these fraudulent callers.

Phishing scams can come in all forms, including phone calls, emails, letters and more. If you are ever unsure about the credibility of a call or other communication, you may always contact local law enforcement. You can also block future calls from a particular number on your mobile devices.

For calls of people impersonating the IRS, you may also report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration website. The website includes a list of scam alerts at the top of the Home page and a link to report fraudulent calls.

All employees asked to complete technology self-inventory

Man typing on laptop computerThe OSD Technology department is asking that all staff complete a Technology Self-Inventory.

This year Technology is testing out a new self-inventory process for staff who are assigned technology equipment.  Please follow this link: https://selfinventory-dot-osd-schoolsites.appspot.com/, log in with your district Google account, and complete the inventory process.  It should only take a couple of minutes.

Please note, this does not include classroom technology such as Document Cameras, Projectors and Audio Systems.  It also does not include Desktop Labs and COWs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at x6172 or helpdesk@osd.wednet.edu.