Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

To help keep your student(s) safer and more scholarly online during this time of hybrid and remote learning, Hopedale Public Schools will be implementing a new classroom management system called GoGuardian Teacher.

How are we using GoGuardian?

  • 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 
  • Facilitating communication between teachers and students during class time 

GOGUARDIAN TEACHER SETTINGS

Teachers will have access to GoGuardian as a classroom management resource. Teacher access is limited to regular school hours, Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During those hours, teachers have the ability to view the screen of students within their class. To help students to stay focused, teachers have the ability to open required websites for one or more students, close the windows of websites that are not part of the instructional class (distractions from learning) as well as use the chat feature to reach out and communicate directly with one or more students individually. In the future, teacher abilities will expand to include a voice call feature as well as a screen presentation mode to lock students into a virtual class. 

A summary of what teachers will have access to during class, when your student is using a HPS device or a synced HPS Google account:

  • View/monitor all active student screens to remotely manage their classroom
  • Provide screen-sharing and lock students to only view the screenshare, command functions such as opening and closing tabs remotely for students
  • Provides teacher and student messaging and announcements for the entire class or directly to single students to ask for help, direct attention and facilitate instructions
  • Log student browsing data for classroom management, monitoring and reporting purposes
  • Better regulate their classroom by selectively adding allowed/blocked websites during their class to ensure better focus

When and how does GoGuardian operate?

GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed G Suite for Education (now Google Workspace) Chrome accounts (i.e. when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address or is using a district owned device).  GoGuardian Teacher will only operate when a teacher or staff member starts a class, during school hours.   Every time a class starts, your student will receive a notification on their screen that they have joined a class and it has started, meaning a teacher is now monitoring them during their class.

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, in accordance with our Acceptable use of Technology.  When a student is off campus, 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a teacher see everything that is on the screen when my student is in a GoGuardian Classroom?

A: Yes – A teacher will be able to see any/all Chrome tabs that are open or programs that are open if on a Windows device when signed into the classroom through their Hopedale Public Schools Google account.  

Q: Can my student’s screen be monitored outside the classroom such as after school?

A: No – Classroom hours are limited in the system to only operate (allow monitoring) during school hours.  If students are logged into a HPS device OR logged into a HPS Google account they will receive the district’s web filtering policies at all times, however they will not be able to be monitored outside a classroom.

Q: My student uses their own personal device/computer, how can I ensure they can use it without anything being filtered and/or data being logged or shared with the district outside of school hours? If students are logged into a HPS device OR logged into a HPS Google account they will receive the district’s web filtering policies at all times on the device, however they will not be able to be monitored outside a classroom. 

A: If they are using Chrome Web Browser on their personal device, it is recommended they create multiple profiles on the device so they wouldn’t be using their HPS account for personal use.

Instructions on creating and switching Chrome profiles can be found here: https://techhub.hopedaleschools.org/tutorial/adding-and-switching-google-chrome-profiles/