Why use Office 365 for Education?
• To provide students with access to current technology applications and free tools designed for collaboration with other students and teachers
• To give students the ability to work on their documents both in school and at home - anytime and anywhere from any Internet connected device
• To help students work collaboratively, engage in peer-editing of documents, and publish for a wider audience within the FRG School District
• To facilitate “paperless” transfer of work between students and teachers
• To provide adequate (25 gigabytes) long-term storage space for student work
How are the Fox River Grove School District and Microsoft linked together?
The Microsoft agreement with the FRG School District provides access to Microsoft applications and storage. While Microsoft hosts these services off-site, the District maintains the ability to manage users, groups, and settings, much like other locally hosted systems. This means that FRG can grant and remove user access, and control other settings to ensure a safe and secure collaboration environment for students and teachers.
What personal student information and student education records will be stored in Microsoft Office 365?
The terms of the Microsoft contract with the FRG School District mandate that we must have parental permission for the use of Microsoft Office 365. On the Microsoft permission form that parents are asked to sign, it states that "information about my child will be collected and stored electronically." Microsoft does not request any personal information from students and the District does not provide personal student data (ex. birthdate, address, phone number, SSN, grades, test scores) to Microsoft. That information resides in the FRG student information system and is not stored nor available to Microsoft.
The permission form also states that "my student's education records stored in Microsoft Office 365 may be accessible to someone other than my student and the FRG School District". Examples of student education records in Microsoft are assignments, notes, calendars and projects created by the student.