SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Public Schools will give all 4th-12th graders their own email account when they go back to school next week.
The 4th-7th graders’ accounts will be restricted to only allow emails between themselves and their teachers. No outside emails will be able to access their inboxes. But with parental permission, 8th-12th grade students’ emails will be unrestricted. Spokane Public Schools director of community relations, Erica Hallock, said the district designed it that way.
“We want our high school students that are getting ready and looking at colleges to be able to have that communication for college scholarships and other admission information,” Hallock said. “We found that too many of our students did not have access to email.”
The email program is through Microsoft Office 365 and it has already been tested in other school districts across the nation. Spokane Public Schools implemented several additional safety features including blocking spam with certain words in it, to make sure students are not vulnerable to outside strangers.
Parents can opt-out of the unrestricted emails.