Office 365 for Students
Office 365, offered at no cost to our students,
is a web-based service integrated into classroom instruction that increases communication
and collaboration among students and teachers. Grade 3-12 students will have a district
provided email address and access to online document storage. This will be an
internal email system; therefore, students will only be able to send email
messages to their teachers and to other students within the district. In addition, Microsoft does not request any
personal information, and the Great Valley School District does not provide
personal student data (i.e., birthdate, address, phone number, grades, test
scores) to Microsoft.
Guidelines for the responsible use of the Great Valley Office 365 for Education by students:
1. Official GVSD email address - All students will be assigned a firstname.lastname@example.org email
account. This email will be considered the student’s official email address until the student is no
longer enrolled in the Great Valley School District. This will be an internal email system;
therefore, students will only be able to send email messages to their teachers and to other students
within the district from this account.
2. Prohibited conduct - Students will be held to the district’s Technology Acceptable Use Policy
(815.1), and Bullying/Cyberbullying Policy (249).
3. Access restriction - Access to and use of student email is considered a privilege afforded at the
discretion of the Great Valley School District. The Great Valley School District reserves the right
to immediately withdraw access and use of these services, including email, when there is reason
to believe that a student has violated district policies or law. In such cases, the alleged violation
will be referred to a building administrator for further investigation and possible disciplinary
4. Security - The Great Valley School District cannot and does not guarantee the security of files
located on Microsoft’s Office 365 for Education system. Although Microsoft filters unsolicited
emails (junk), the Great Valley School District cannot guarantee that students will not receive
5. Privacy - The general right of privacy will be extended as much as possible in an electronic
environment. The Great Valley School District and all electronic users should treat electronically
stored information in individuals' files as confidential and private. However, users of student
email are strictly prohibited from accessing files and information other than their own. GVSD
reserves the right to access the GVSD Microsoft 365 for Education system, including current and
archival files of user accounts when there is reasonable suspicion that unacceptable use has
occurred. Visit the Office 365 Trust Center
for more information regarding security and privacy.
Technology use in the Great Valley School District is governed by federal laws including:
CIPA’s policies require schools to have safety and security measures in place to protect children from
accessing inappropriate content on the Internet (via Internet content filtering). CIPA parameters also
prescribe student Internet access and use.
COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information
from children under 13.
By default, advertising is turned off for the Great Valley School District Office 365 for Education.
No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes.
FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and gives parents the rights to
review student records. Under FERPA and corresponding Pennsylvania law, a student's
education records are protected from disclosure to third parties. Office 365 is FERPA compliant.