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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Accounts Information
Updated for the 2019-2020 School Year as of August 8, 2019
PPS student accounts for all students in grades KG through 12 are automatically created once the student is enrolled in Synergy. Students can use their account to access GSuite for Education, StudentVUE, Destiny library system, Clever portal, and other services. Students in grades 9 through 12 also receive an Office 365 account.
Students in grades K-3 can log in using Clever Badges.
All student passwords are reset to the appropriate default password for their grade level in early August each year, and students can then change their password to their own, confidential password. Students in grades 6-12 are required to change their password from the default by October. (Rosa Parks student accounts are updated separately based on their school calendar.)
Students are to use the PPS Password Manager 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.
Passwords for grades KG-5 require a minimum of 4 characters.
Passwords for grades 6 - 12 must be a minimum of 8 characters from at least three of the following character types:
- English uppercase characters (A through Z)
- English lowercase characters (a through z)
- Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
- Non-alphabetic characters (for example, !, $, #, %)
STUDENT ACCOUNT INFORMATION FOR STAFF
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, reports are available at this link on the Library Services Resource page.
Designated school staff can look up student usernames in Synergy (see Synergy Resources for instructions), using the student password reset tool, or from lists posted on the schools' X drive every Friday.
If a student cannot log in due to their username not being accurate in Synergy, they will need to inform their teacher or other school staff person who can contact the Service Desk to verify/update Synergy with the correct username.
The Service Desk can assist school staff with student accounts, but cannot assist students or parents directly.
For some great digital citizenship lessons for K-12, check out these Common Sense Media resources: www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence.
OTHER ACCOUNT INFORMATION
Classroom Accounts: Generic 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. While OTIS 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, including when using computers in the library.
School Library Single Computer Kiosk Account: 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.
Parent & Volunteer Accounts: Parents and volunteers that have a business need to log into PPS computers or systems must complete an Account Form for principal approval. 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 specific systems, will not receive a PPS email address, and will expire at the end of the school year.