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Public Domain Name Change FAQ

posted Jun 22, 2017, 8:05 AM by Jonathan Crosby   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 6:46 AM ]

Based on feedback we received, the following FAQ has been created.

What address will I use to access Gmail and Drive?

The new addresses will be gmail.westportps.org and drive.westportps.org. We will have redirects in place from the current addresses.

What URL addresses are affected by this change?

System/AppOld NameNew NameWill Redirect?
District Web Siteswww.westport.k12.ct.us
ces.westport.k12.ct.us
gfs.westport.k12.ct.us
khs.westport.k12.ct.us
lls.westport.k12.ct.us
ses.westport.k12.ct.us
bms.westport.k12.ct.us
cms.westport.k12.ct.us
shs.westport.k12.ct.us
ssp.westport.k12.ct.us
www.westportps.org
ces.westportps.org
gfs.westportps.org
khs.westportps.org
lls.westportps.org
ses.westportps.org
bms.westportps.org
cms.westportps.org
shs.westportps.org
ssp.westportps.org
Yes
Google Apps/G Suitegmail.westport.k12.ct.us
docs.westport.k12.ct.us
cal.westport.k12.ct.us
sites.westport.k12.ct.us
gmail.westportps.org
drive.westportps.org
cal.westportps.org
sites.westportps.org
Yes
Schoologyschoology.westport.k12.ct.usschoology.westportps.orgGeneric Schoology page
Destinydestiny.westport.k12.ct.usdestiny.westportps.orgNo
DEVOSvideo.westport.k12.ct.usvideo.westportps.orgYes
Employee Access Centereac.westport.k12.ct.useac.westportps.orgYes
Web/App Servercollections.westport.k12.ct.us
teachers.westport.k12.ct.us
events.westport.k12.ct.us
pd.westport.k12.ct.us
collections.westportps.org
teachers.westportps.org
events.westportps.org
pd.westportps.org
Yes
Google Sites CNames1to1.westport.k12.ct.us
byod.westport.k12.ct.us
support.westport.k12.ct.us
go.westport.k12.ct.us
staff.westport.k12.ct.us
1to1.westportps.org
byod.westportps.org
support.westportps.org
go.westportps.org
staff.westportps.org
No
Helpdesksupport1.westport.k12.ct.ussupport1.westportps.orgYes

Which accounts are impacted by the email domain change?

All users who have an active email address with the Westport Public Schools.

What will happen to the email that exists or is saved in my current mailbox?

Your email inbox and saved messages will look the exact same.

What will happen to messages sent to the @westport.k12.ct.us or @students.westport.k12.ct.us domain after the transition to @westportps.org and @students.westport.ps.org?

They will be received in the same inbox. The old domain suffix will remain as an alias. We anticipate leaving this alias in place for at least 12 months, and may extend if necessary.

Will there be any changes to Google Drive?

We are simply renaming our existing domain instance of G Suite for Education, so we do not anticipate any changes required to Google Drive. In our testing, Drive links that contain westport.k12.ct.us should already redirect to a URL format that does not contain the domain name. Since westport.k12.ct.us will remain as an alias, these should continue to redirect as expected.

Will some staff retain an email alias as firstname_lastname?

Due to restrictions on the maximum number of aliases that can be used, we cannot continue to provide addresses in this format. It has been approximately five years since this email address was last used as a primary address. Any new staff hired after July 2012, do not have email addresses in this format. Users who attempt to send an email to an address that does not exist will receive a reply indicating the mailbox does not exist.

I recently changed my last name, what email addresses will I have?

Staff who have officially changed their last name within the past academic school year (since July 1, 2016), will retain an address for both their old and new last name at both domains. If your last name was changed more than one year ago, your original name in the email address will be dropped. For example, Sally Smith changed her last name to Nelson in March of 2017. Sally will retain the following email addresses: ssmith@westport.k12.ct.us, snelson@westport.k12.ct.us, ssmith@westportps.org, and snelson@westportps.org (primary).

How will student email addresses be affected?

Students who currently use the domain address  @students.westport.k12.ct.us will switch to @students.westportps.org. Students will retain the original @students.westport.k12.ct.us address through the 17-18 school year.

Will I need to update contacts?

In your Gmail contacts there is what is called a "personal directory" and "global domain directory". We can only manage the global domain directory (Domain Contacts Directory).Google Contacts that are stored in your "My Contacts" are not managed centrally and will need to be updated on an individual basis. Unfortunately this is a limitation of how contacts are implemented in G Suite. The "Domain Contacts Directory" of contacts will automatically be updated.

If I sync my phone, are changes required?

This depends on what application or sync mechanism you are using. You will not need to change the server address, however you may need to update the email address used on the device.

Update to Single Sign On Platform

posted Jun 19, 2017, 6:37 PM by Jonathan Crosby   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 8:53 AM ]

Over the next few weeks we'll be updating our single sign on platform to a new version and a new design as seen below. 
Please be aware of the visual change and note that the URL of the sign in page should contain either sso.westportps.org or sso.westport.k12.ct.us


Expiring Accounts

posted Jun 12, 2015, 6:09 AM by Jonathan Crosby   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 7:39 AM ]

Please review the updated procedures for graduating seniors and staff leaving the district.

Schoology - End of Year and Rollover Information

posted Jun 12, 2015, 6:07 AM by Jonathan Crosby   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 6:07 AM ]

All courses in Schoology have grading periods that are tied directly to semester and marking period dates from eSchool. For students, this means classes will no longer be accessible after the last day of school. For teachers, classes will be accessible indefinitely under the 'Archived' option. (Courses>See All>My Courses | Archived) This means all content within the courses will also be accessible to you indefinitely. In order to easily reuse content for future course sections, use the Options button with Save Course to Resources while in the Materials view.

Groups in Schoology are not tied to grading periods and by default will be accessible by both group admins and users indefinitely. Groups are not centrally managed as they are created and managed by teachers as needed. This means that you will be responsible for updating your group membership, or archiving/deleting the groups that you are an admin of. To archive or delete a group, select Groups>See All>My Groups, then select the gear icon and choose Archive or Delete. Archived groups will remain accessible to group admins, but not regular group members.

We anticipate making courses for next year available to staff in early August after the eSchool rollover and testing have been completed. You may however build content at any time using the 'Resources' area in Schoology. To rollover content between previous year's courses and upcoming courses, first copy the Materials to Resources (Materials view | Options> Save Course to Resources) , then go into the upcoming course and copy the Materials back from Resources (Materials view | Add Materials> Import from Resources). For more information on this please see the end of year guide created by Schoology.

If you have any additional concerns regarding the information above, please submit a support request.

New copiers and scanning documents

posted Aug 8, 2014, 10:07 AM by Jonathan Crosby   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 10:08 AM ]

Please review the new procedure for scanning documents from the copiers: Scan to Email (Ricoh Copiers)

Blackboard Shutdown

posted Dec 11, 2013, 4:47 AM by Jonathan Crosby   [ updated Dec 18, 2013, 11:10 AM ]

We will be completing our Learning Management System (LMS) transition by shutting down our Blackboard server (blackboard.westport.k12.ct.us) on Monday January 6th, 2014. 

Blackboard Decommissioning

posted Aug 14, 2013, 6:17 AM by Jonathan Crosby   [ updated Aug 21, 2013, 4:46 AM ]

Blackboard is being retired.  Schoology has been chosen as the replacement.  Schoology will serve many of the same functions as Blackboard, but not all.


http://blackboard.westport.k12.ct.us is being replaced by updated websites for each school.  Links to Schoology and HAC will be located on each school's website.  You can go to any school to login to HAC or Schoology and you will see all of your children.

The new sites will have the following addresses starting on August 15.

 

Please note that if you are browsing to the school sites via a mobile device or a device with a reduced screen size, you will need to scroll to and expand the Tools and Resources section for the HAC and Schoology links.


For students at Coleytown Middle School, Bedford Middle School, and Staples High SchoolSchoology will be the location they will see homework posted by teachers on a nightly basis.  Students will be able to access instructional materials and online resources as well.  This will begin the first day of school. 

For parents of students at Coleytown Middle School, Bedford Middle School, and Staples High School, Schoology will be the location where you can check the date assignments are due and see resources teachers have shared with you.


For students at any of the five elementary schoolsSchoology will be the place where teachers can post instructional materials and online resources for use in class as well as at home.  This will begin by the date of each school's open house. 

For parents of students at any of the five elementary schools, Schoology will be the location where you can see resources teachers have shared with you.

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