As of June 20, 2019, the Portland Public Schools domain used for Google student accounts of “apps4pps.net” is being replaced with “student.pps.net”. For access to GSuite apps, students will log in using email@example.com.
Student Accounts Information
Update for the 2018-2019 School Year
PPS student accounts are automatically created once the student is enrolled in Synergy, and provide access to the PPS network, GSuite for Education, StudentVUE, Destiny library system, file storage, the Clever portal, and other services. Students in grades 9 through 12 also receive an Office 365 account.
All student passwords are reset to the appropriate default password for their grade level during the weekend of August 17-19, unless the student already changed their password during back-to-school registration. (Rosa Parks student accounts were updated in July prior to their first day of school.)
Classroom teachers can print a class list of PPS student usernames from the TeacherVUE Reports menu, selecting the “StudentVUE User IDs” report (#U-SVU901). For those who do not have "classrooms" in Synergy, you can view reports by using this link on the Library Services Resource page.
For some great digital citizenship lessons for K-12, check out these Common Sense Media resources: www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence.
STUDENT ACCOUNTS FROM SYNERGY
Students enrolled in Synergy have Active Directory accounts, access to GSuite, StudentVUE, Destiny, a school network Y drive and other PPS systems.
PPS PASSWORD MANAGER FOR STUDENTS
Please encourage students to use https://password.pps.net to set up their question/answer profile so they can reset their own password if they should forget it. Besides being a great service for them, it eliminates the need for teachers and staff to reset their passwords.
BASIC STUDENT ACCOUNT INFORMATION
- Students should be using individual accounts
- The password complexity policy for grades KG-5 is a minimum of 4 characters
- Students should be using individual accounts
- The password complexity policy for grades 6-12 is the same as for staff:
- Passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters and have at least three of the following:
- English uppercase characters (A through Z)
- English lowercase characters (a through z)
- Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
- Non-alphabetic characters (for example, !, $, #, %)
GENERAL ACCOUNT INFORMATION
Individual Student Accounts: Students at all grade levels are encouraged to use their individual student accounts as security best practice. Students must use their individual accounts to access Synergy StudentVUE, Destiny, Canvas, Clever, Google Apps for Education, and other PPS digital resources. Students in grades 6-12 must use their individual student accounts to log on to WINDOWS computers.
Designated school staff can look up student usernames via the student password reset tool, via Synergy (see Synergy Resources for instructions), or via lists on the schools' X drive which are updated every Friday.
Students in grades 9-12 have access to O365 email by logging into outlook.com/pps.net using their firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a student cannot log in due to their username not being accurate in Synergy, they should work with a staff member who can contact the Service Desk to verify/update Synergy with the correct username.
Classroom Accounts: Classroom accounts may be created upon approval for use by students in grades KG-5. They have a set number of simultaneous log-ons, limited access, and can only be used when students are supervised. Classroom accounts are not available for use in Synergy, Destiny, or Google Apps for Education.
A Bank of School Library Computers: While IT recommends always using individual accounts, students in grades KG-5 may log into (and out of) their classroom account when using computers in the Library. Students in grades 6-12 should log in with their individual account when using computers in the library.
School Library Single Computer Kiosk type use: Each school has a library account to use for "kiosk" type access. This service allows for a single computer to be logged on and available to students in order to search the library system for a book or library resource.
Parents & Volunteers: Parents and volunteers that have a business need to log on to computers at school should receive their own account. Please have those with a valid need complete the IT Account Form, which the principal needs to sign. After verification that these users are in the Volunteer database and have followed the volunteer process (which includes background checks), they will receive a network account so they may log into district computers and access systems appropriately. Please note these accounts will have limited access to the systems they have a business need to access, will not receive a PPS email address, and will expire at the end of the school year.