What is Gmail?
Gmail is a web-based e-mail service that allows users the ability to send and receive e-mail communications. It is one of the core services available with Google Apps for Education product suite. Gmail can be accessed through any web browser or mobile device.
John J. Lukancic Gmail for Students Pilot - January 2017
The Gmail service has not previously been available for students or staff members at Valley View School District. The JJL Gmail for Students Pilot will allow 8th grade students aged 13+ at JJL the opportunity to use the Gmail application. The JJL Gmail for Students Pilot will began in January of 2017 and was successfully completed in March of 2017.
All Middle School Gmail for Students Pilot - May 2017
After the successful pilot of the Gmail application at John J. Lukancic Middle School, Gmail was enabled for in May of 2017 for A. Vito Martinez Middle School, Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School and Jane Addams Middle School.
Gmail for all Students 8th Grade and above, aged 13+ for the 2017-2018 School Year - September 2017
Gmail will be enabled for all students 8th grade and above, aged 13+ in September of the 2017-2018 school year. Please see below for tenative timeline for each of the Middle and High Schools:
Romeoville High School - Enabled
Bolingbrook High School - Enabled
A. Vito Martinez - TBD
Brooks Middle School - TBD
Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School - TBD
Jane Addams Middle School - Enabled
John J. Lukancic Middle School - TBD
Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA)
Students that are aged 13+ will only be permitted to use student email as this is the age that the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA)
imposes certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age.
The students participating in the JJL Gmail for Students Pilot will be using Gmail in a 'Walled Garden' environment. This means that the students will only be allowed to send and receive email communications to and from VVSD staff members and students.
Objectionable Content and Language
To ensure the safety of your student, all email communications will be monitored for objectionable content and language.
Digital Citizenship Curriculum
Valley View School District uses the Nearpod Common Sense Media
platform to deliver lessons on Digital Safety and Digital Citizenship. All students that are participating in the JJL Gmail Pilot will be presented with a lesson specific to creating strong, secure passwords. These students will then be asked to create a new password for their VVSD Google / Network account. This is of vital importance as there is a significant need for VVSD students to use more secure passwords as they continue to grow into strong Digital Citizens. Please click here
to access the Strong Password Digital Citizenship lesson.
Student Password Change
After the lesson on Strong Passwords, students will be asked to use the skills learned to create a new password for their VVSD Google account. If a student knows their current VVSD Google password, and would like to create a new one, they can follow the Google Password Reset Procedure
. If a student does not remember their current VVSD Google password, they will be able to have their password reset by a Student Password Administrator in their building.