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Online Safety

As we continue to rely on technology, it is critical that each of us does our part to ensure that technology is used safely. Threats to our online safety and the health of our technology are present every time we click a link, open an email or visit a website.

While HCPSS continues to invest in information security efforts, upgrade our equipment and ensure that our network is secure, it is critical that our user groups – which include students, staff and parents/guardians – do their part to maintain a safe virtual learning environment.

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Online Safety Guidelines

Parents and guardians can take several steps, and remind your children of these items, to ensure online safety:
  • Stress the importance of strong, private, and account specific passwords.
  • Email is the number one compromised medium in cyberattacks. Be wary of every email you receive.
  • Learn how to identify if a public network is secure.
  • Log out of or lock your computer when it’s not in use.
  • Keep your personal device up to date with security and software updates.
  • Avoid using non-encrypted storage devices like thumb drives and never plug in an external storage device that came from unknown or untrusted sources.
If you are using an HCPSS-issued device and suspect that it may have been compromised:
  • Turn off your computer immediately and leave it off until you receive further instructions.
  • Contact your school if you suspect something is not right. Even if there ultimately is no attack, it’s better to be cautious.
  • Monitor your email and text messages for official communications in the event that an HCPSS system has been impacted.

Additional Resources

Google Meet Expectations and Privacy Guidelines

To ensure a positive and productive learning environment during Google Meet sessions, it is important that all students adhere to HCPSS behavioral expectations. Additionally, to maintain a positive, productive learning environment and assure confidentiality for students and teachers during distance learning, all parents/guardians are asked to follow HCPSS privacy guidelines.

Virtual Instruction Responsibilities

A successful virtual instruction program for the 2020-2021 school year requires collaboration and shared responsibilities among students, educators and families. HCPSS educator responsibilities, student expectations and family best practices are specific to the virtual instruction program and will ensure that every student is supported and has the best chance to learn and thrive until in-person instruction may resume.