Dear Parent or Guardian:
To help keep your child safer and more scholarly online, WCS has adopted online services provided by GoGuardian.
It may be helpful to know that 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 the GoGuardian 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
- Help staff intervene when students are facing personal issues and have trouble asking for help
When and how does GoGuardian operate?
GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed G Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e. when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).
GoGuardian Admin provides oversight/management of sites that students visit using their school-issued device. We receive notices of sites that students visit that contain certain key words, as well as notice of browser searches for keywords, even if the student is unable to access any sites containing the searched information.
What are the school’s responsibilities?
WCS selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and more scholarly online. We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety. Additionally, we will train teachers about how to operate GoGuardian and about our policies and procedures to help protect 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 WCS guidelines as outlined in our family handbook. School-issued Chromebooks are the property of WCS and are monitored 24/7 for inappropriate use.
When a student is off-campus and on a personal device, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage. We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child and to reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her.
How does GoGuardian help protect my child’s privacy?
We are here to answer any questions that you may have.