Continuous Learning Tools
Teachers throughout the Peninsula School District rely on a variety of technology tools to support Continuous Learning while our buildings are physically closed. The items listed below represent tools that students and/or families have access to along with resources to support the use of these tools. Please contact your child's teacher regarding the specific tools that they are relying on to support Continuous Learning.
Visit my.psd401.net to access the Peninsula School District Student Portal.
Students log into the Student Portal using their unique Student ID (7 digits) and their password.
*Don't know your password? Use the "?" on the login page or contact your teacher.
Once logged into the Student Portal, students will have access to curriculum and software tools provided by the Peninsula School District.
Email: Students in grades 3 through 12 have access to a district-provided Google Apps for Education account. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (example: email@example.com). Students can access this account within the Student Portal by clicking on Google > Google Mail.
Google Drive: All students have access to G Suite for Education tools including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and more. These tools can be accessed within the Student Portal by clicking on Google > Google Drive.
Schoology is the Peninsula School District's supported Learning Management System (LMS). Students can access Schoology within the Student Portal by clicking on the icon for Schoology.
During Continuous Learning, Schoology will serve as the landing page for where continuous learning resources will be linked by teachers.
Parents/guardians can create Parent Schoology accounts in order to monitor their child's progress, see materials posted by the teacher, and review student submissions. The directions detailed below will walk parents/guardians through the process of setting up a Parent Schoology account and linking to your child's account. This is a one-time setup and will remain active the entire time your child is enrolled in the Peninsula School District. The video linked here walks through all of the directions listed below.
- Acquires your child's unique Parent Access Code. This is a code that is unique to each student that is enrolled in the Peninsula School District. The code is associated with the student rather than the individual courses that they are enrolled in.
Options for gaining the Parent Access Code:
a. Parent Access Codes were sent to parent and guardians via email on April 20, 2020.
b. Parent Access Codes can also be accessed within the Parent Portal.
c. Contact your child's teacher for your child's unique Parent Access Code. Parents of middle and/or high school students only need to contact one of your child's teachers.
- Go to www.schoology.com.
- In the top right corner of the screen, click on Sign Up.
- From the next window, select Parent.
- Enter the Parent Access Code provided by the Peninsula School District. Don't have a Parent Access Code? Review the options in Step 1.
- You will need to create a Schoology account for yourself by entering your name, email address, and creating a password. Click Register.
*Consider using the same email that you have on file as the primary contact for the Peninsula School District.
- Congratulations! You should now have a Schoology account that is connected to your child's account. Additional children can be added to your account by following the directions linked here.
Interested in learning more about navigating your new Parent account and support in accessing your student's courses?
Remind, a messaging platform, has been launched to better assist teachers and students to connect during this time.
Below you will find some links explaining Remind and how to opt out of class messages if you so choose. If you do decide to opt out of class messages, we still will have the ability to contact you in an emergency with Remind, but we expect to use that very infrequently.
If you have any questions on how to interact with your teachers on Remind, please check out Remind.com and as teachers become more comfortable with the tool, they will be able to assist you as well.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is automatically set up with an account through the district roster?
All currently enrolled students are set up with an account linked to their district email address. Students 13+ with a mobile phone number on file in our student information system will also receive messages on their phone.
What if I already have a Remind account?
If the contact information on your existing account is the same as the contact we have on file, then the district roster information should automatically be added to your existing account. If your contact information is not the same, once you get an initial message to set up your account, Remind should ask you if you have used Remind before. If you choose yes and enter your other credentials, the accounts will be automatically combined. If this doesn't happen, and you end up with two Remind accounts, you can contact Remind using these instructions to combine the accounts.
Can I respond to my student's teacher using Remind?
Yes! You can message your student's teacher by replying to one of their messages. Only you and the teacher will see the reply.
How do I change the contact information that was automatically added for me?
You can change this information directly in PowerSchool. Go to the Parent Portal from the district website, click "PowerSchool Parent Portal," and log in. If you do not have login credentials, please contact your school's office manager. On the left menu of the PowerSchool Parent Portal, there should be an option called "Year Round Update." Click there. That will show you what we currently have on file and allow you to change information as needed. If you have multiple students in the district, please make sure that you do this process for each student. You can toggle between students on the top menu of the parent portal at the top of the left navigation bar.
If you have further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do everything we can to assist you. Already emailed but haven't received a response? Check your email spam folder. We have heard that our messages sometimes land there.
Zoom has become a primary tool for staff and students (and businesses!) to connect virtually to one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, this surge in popularity has brought out many unsavory characters on the Internet to attempt to attack or join Zoom conferences and display inappropriate material. We have worked hard in concert with Zoom and our school district partners throughout the state and country to lock down and secure our Zoom sessions to protect our students. Some of these changes include initiating new defaults on meetings to require passwords, secure waiting rooms, lock meeting rooms once all attendees have arrived, limit who can share their screen in a Zoom conference, and more. Zoom has also committed to shifting all engineering resources to fix any outstanding issues (read more here). We continue to feel that Zoom is safe for our staff and students. We will continue to adapt as situations evolve and do whatever is necessary to protect the digital safety of our students.
Chromebooks have been checked out to students in the Peninsula School District to support Continuous Learning while our schools are physically closed. In need of a student Chromebook? Please contact your child's teacher or school and they will coordinate getting a device checked out to your child.
If your child's device is in need of repair, please email email@example.com and we will arrange a time to pick up a loaner and collect your device. If you have emailed us and have not gotten a response, please check your junk or spam folder, as we have heard that our messages often land there.