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Google Apps for Education FAQ

What are Google Apps for Education (GAFE)?
GAFE is an integrated communication and collaboration solution, hosted by Google and managed by PYLUSD. GAFE will provide the ability for PYLUSD students, faculty and staff to communicate, store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time from school, work, or home, all within a secure “closed campus” online environment.

Who can students send emails to and receive them from?
Students can only send and receive emails to others with a PYLUSD email address, unless some special exception has been created.

Will students see advertisements in their Gmail?
Ads are turned off for staff and students.

Are emails or documents scanned for targeted advertising?
GAFE does not collect or use student data for advertising purposes or create ads profiles. In addition, GAFE scans Gmail to keep customers secure and to improve their product experience. In Gmail for Google Apps for Education, this includes virus and spam protection.

Is GAFE FERPA (Family Educational Rights Privacy Act) Compliant?
GAFE meets all federal and state requirements for confidentiality.

How much are we paying for these services?
There is no cost to PYLUSD for GAFE email, applications, etc.

What can my student/child do with Google Apps?
Students will have easy access to their documents, spreadsheets, and presentations within Google Docs. In addition, students will have additional storage for other files they may need to use between home and school.
As the use of PYLUSD Google Apps continues, there may be other features that are added within Google Apps for Education. You will be informed about any significant changes to the tools your student is using in the secure PYLUSD environment.

How will my student access GAFE at school or at home?
Go to http://www.gmail.com and log in using his or her full GAFE mail address (username@pylusd.org) and password. Students’ usernames and passwords are the same as they would use at school to log into any computer.

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