Acceptable Use Policies

Student Acceptable Use Policy

Access to your grades and attendance through PowerSchool is being provided to you as another form of communication with
your teachers. More importantly, it is to help all of us in our efforts to support your education. Please read these guidelines
carefully and fill out the “Request for PowerSchool Student Access” form. Usernames and passwords will be distributed
following a brief orientation.

Please read the following Acceptable Use Guidelines:
1. Username and passwords are to be kept confidential. Do not share your username/password with anyone.
a. The district accepts no responsibility in the event the username and password is shared, given, stolen, or in any other
way, becomes the possession of a person other than the student.
b. In the event a username/password is compromised, the student can contact the school to have the password changed.
c. If you forget your username and/or password, you will be required to fill out a written request form that can be obtained
in the high school office or downloaded from the school website.

2. All technical concerns about PowerSchool should be addressed to Lisa Zaia in person or by email at lisazaia@danvers.org.
a. The school district does not provide technical support for your home computer system.
b. Users must realize that email and other communications via the Internet are not guaranteed to be private.

3. All student access to PowerSchool is monitored. The Student Access Log lists date of login, time accessed, and duration of
login (in minutes).

4. Even though you will be able to check your progress 24 hours a day/7 days a week, checking your progress and/or grades
during class time is unacceptable, unless a teacher has specifically directed you to do so. If needed, you may use a school
computer to check your progress and/or grades before or after school.

5. Teachers will generally post their grades within 10 school days of the assignment due date. Some assignments may take
much longer to grade. Please be patient. Do not contact teachers requesting a grade sooner than 10 school days.

6. Averages may seem low or high at the beginning of a quarter; averages in the early part of a term can fluctuate greatly when
even a minor assignment is entered. As more assignments are entered, the quarter average will be closer to the final grade.
If you are missing an assignment or if an assignment is not yet entered into the gradebook, then your quarter grade in
PowerSchool may not accurately reflect your progress. You should take this into consideration as you monitor your progress
and/or grades.

7. You must adhere to the following protocol in the order listed before contacting any teacher about concerns regarding your
grades as they appear in PowerSchool:
a. Make sure 10 school days have passed from an assignment’s due date.
b. Make sure you have checked the teacher’s grading policy posted on his/her course page.
c. Set up a time with your teacher to discuss your concern.
d. If errors are suspected in any assignment scores, the student must show the assignment to the teacher for review.

8. PowerSchool portal should not be used as the only tool to determine missing assignments or missed classwork since:
a. the length of time allotted for a teacher to enter grades is longer than the length of time a student is allotted to makeup
work
b. some class assignments will not be recorded in the gradebook

9. Final quarter grades will be posted on the day report cards are sent home.

Terms of Use:
1. I understand that the school district is providing this access as a privilege, and if I abuse my access, my account will be
suspended and/or terminated.
2. I understand that the Danvers Public Schools is not liable for any damages to my personal equipment incurred when
connected to the PowerSchool System.
3. In consideration of using the Danvers Public School District network and having access to my student’s grades and
attendance, I hereby release the Danvers Public School District and its officers, employees, and agents from any claims and
damages from my use of the system.
4. I understand that the school will continue to send report cards home at the end of each quarter; however, the school will no
longer issue progress reports via hardcopy.

Disclaimer: This system is provided only as an educational support for you. The information provided by the PowerSchool Student Portal is not an
official record. For official student records contact your school. Neither this institution nor Pearson Education accepts any responsibility for
information provided by this system and/or for any damages resulting from information provided by this system.

Parent Acceptable Use Policy

Access to your student’s grades and attendance through PowerSchool is being provided to you as another form of
communication with teachers and administrators. More importantly, it is to help all of us in our efforts to support your
student’s education. Please read these guidelines carefully and fill out the “Request for PowerSchool Access” form.
Usernames and passwords will be distributed following a brief orientation held by DHS faculty. Students will be given their
own usernames/passwords. Do not share your username/password with your student.

Please read the following Acceptable Use Guidelines:
1. Username and passwords are to be kept confidential.
a. The district accepts no responsibility in the event the username and password is shared, given, stolen, or in any other
way, becomes the possession of a person other than the parent/guardian.
b. In the event a username/password is compromised, the parent/guardian can contact the school to have the password
changed.
c. If you forget your username and/or password, you will be required to fill out a written request form that can be obtained
in the high school office or downloaded from the school website.

2. Only ONE parent(s)/guardian(s) username and password will be issued per student when the signed parent(s)/guardian(s)
agreement is returned to the school. It is your responsibility to determine which parent(s)/guardian(s) will be able to access
records.

3. All technical concerns about PowerSchool should be addressed to Lisa Zaia by phone (978) 777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email
at lisazaia@danvers.org.
a. The school district does not provide technical support for your home and/or work computer system.
b. Users must realize that email and other communications via the Internet are not guaranteed to be private.

4. All parent access to PowerSchool is monitored. The Parent Access Log lists date of login, time accessed, and duration of
login (in minutes).

5. Even though you will be able to check your student’s progress 24 hours a day/7 days a week, teachers will generally post
their grades within 10 school days of the assignment due date. Please realize that some assignments may take much longer to
grade. Please be patient. Do not contact teachers requesting a grade sooner than 10 school days.

6. You must adhere to the following protocol in the order listed before contacting any teacher about concerns regarding your
student’s progress and/or grades:
a. Speak with your student.
b. Have your student talk to his/her teacher for clarification.
c. Check teacher’s grading policy posted on his/her course page.
d. Parent(s)/guardian(s) may send ONE email or call the teacher. You can expect a response by the end of the following
school day.
e. Parent(s)/guardian(s) may request a meeting through the Guidance Department.
f. After all of the above, parent(s)/guardian(s) may contact school administration by phone or by email.

7. Final quarter grades will be posted on the day report cards are sent home.

8. Attendance concerns should be addressed to Debra White by phone at (978) 777-8925 ext. 2203 or by email at
debrawhite@danvers.org.

Terms of Use:
1. I understand that the school district is providing this access as a privilege, and if it is abused, my account will be suspended
and/or terminated.
2. I understand that the Danvers Public Schools is not liable for any damages to my personal equipment incurred when
connected to the PowerSchool System.
3. In consideration of using the Danvers Public School District network and having access to my student’s grades and
attendance, I hereby release the Danvers Public School District and its officers, employees, and agents from any claims and
damages from my use of the system.
4. I understand that the school will continue to send report cards home at the end of each quarter; however, the school will no
longer issue progress reports via hardcopy.

Disclaimer: This system is provided only as an educational support for you and your child. The information provided by the PowerSchool Parent
Portal is not an official record. For official student records contact your school. Neither this institution nor Pearson Education accepts any
responsibility for information provided by this system and/or for any damages resulting from information provided by this system.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PowerSchool?
PowerSchool is Danvers Public School’s student information system. The district uses PowerSchool for student demographics, attendance, storing grades, scheduling and more.

What is the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
The Parent Portal is a feature of the PowerSchool student information system that provides parents/guardians immediate access to grades, assignments and attendance records in an effort to facilitate and improve communication between home and school.

How do I access the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
You may access the PowerSchool Parent Portal from any computer with an internet connection by launching your web browser and going to the Danvers Public Schools web site (www.danvers.mec.edu) and selecting the Danvers High School site.  On the left side, click DHS Parents.  Then click Parent Login. The minimum browser requirements are as follows:
* Mac OS X: Safari or Firefox
* Mac OS 9: Mozilla 1.2.1, Netscape 4.8
* Windows: Internet Explorer 6 or Firefox

Who may access the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
Danvers High School parents/guardians who have a username and password may access the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Only one parent/guardian username and password will be issued per student. It is your responsibility to determine which parent/guardian will be able to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Students will be able to access the Parent Portal using their own usernames and passwords.

All questions about usernames/passwords or accessing the system, please contact Lisa Zaia by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email lisazaia@danvers.org.

How do I obtain a username and password?
Parents/guardians may obtain a username and password by attending any one of the PowerSchool Orientation training sessions and agreeing to adhere to the Acceptable Use Guidelines and Terms of Use. Parents/guardians who do not attend the PowerSchool Orientation Training must contact Lisa Zaia by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email lisazaia@danvers.org to set up a one-hour orientation session at the high school.

Parent/guardians must complete and return the Request for PowerSchool Access form to Danvers High School Office. This form can be obtained in the high school office or downloaded from the Danvers High School website.

How do I obtain a new username and/or password?
In the event that a username or password is compromised or forgotten, you may request a new username or password by completing the Username Password Request form and returning the form to the Danvers High School Office. This form can be obtained in the high school office or downloaded from the Danvers High School website.

Who do I contact for PowerSchool Training?
Contact Lisa Zaia by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email lisazaia@danvers.org to set up a one-hour orientation session at the high school.

Who do I contact for technical support?
All technical concerns about PowerSchool should be addressed to Lisa Zaia by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email lisazaia@danvers.org. The school district does not provide technical support for home and/or work computer systems.

Who do I contact for attendance concerns?
All attendance concerns should be addressed to Debra White by phone 978-777-8925 ext. 2216 or by email debrawhite@danvers.org.

What are the main features of the PowerSchool Parent Portal?
The Parent Portal Training PowerPoint Presentation describes the main features of the Parent Portal. This document can be found on the Danvers High School website.

What may I reasonably expect from the PowerSchool Parent Portal as a parent?
You are able to monitor your student’s attendance on a daily basis.

You are able to monitor your student’s progress as soon as the data is entered into the teacher’s PowerSchool Gradebook. Teachers will generally post their grades within 10 school days of the assignment due date. Please keep in mind that teachers have different grading policies and the number of assignments will vary based on the course content.  For each course, the grading policy is listed in the Class Info section.

Look for unusual changes in grades or attendance, but realize that the final grade for a course is based on a number of factors, often including class participation and extra credit. Your student’s grade may appear unusually high or low at the beginning of the year when there have been few assignments.  Your student’s grade may appear lower during the quarter, but the final grade may actually be higher once all factors have been included.  The opposite may also be true. The information made available to you through the system should not be considered a substitute for a dialog with your student or your student’s teacher.



What is the protocol to follow when I am concerned about my student’s progress?
1.    Speak with your student.
2.    Have your student talk to his/her teacher for clarification.
3.    Check teacher’s grading policy posted on his/her course page.
4.    Parent(s)/guardian(s) may send ONE email or call the teacher.  You can expect a response by the end of the following school day.
5.    Parent(s)/guardian(s) may request a meeting through the Guidance Department.
6.    After all of the above, parents(s)/guardian(s) contact school administration by phone or by email.

Are there any guidelines that I need to know when sending an email to my student’s teacher?
When sending an email to a teacher, it is advisable to use an email address with a valid sounding name.  A teacher who receives a message from peanutbutter@yahoo.com might ignore the message thinking that it is junk mail. It is also important to include your student’s name in the subject line of your emails.  The Danvers Public Schools have an aggressive anti-spam filter in place and it may block messages with subject lines that seem suspicious.

This system is intended to improve communication between home and school and it should not be used as a vehicle to create an adversarial or challenging relationship between parents/guardians and a teacher.  Questions and comments sent over email should be informational only and not excessive in length.  This system is not intended to remove the responsibility of the student to be responsible and accountable for their work.  Issues and/or questions that are personal in nature should be handled by meeting with the teachers personally.

How often can I check the PowerSchool Parent Portal to review my student’s progress?
You can check your student’s progress as often as you like. The PowerSchool Parent Portal is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Please note that all parent access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal is monitored. The Parent Access Log lists date of login, time accessed, and duration of login in minutes.

Will report cards and progress reports continue to be sent home with my student?
Danvers High School will continue to send report cards home at the end of each quarter. Since you may check your student’s progress at any time during the school year, progress reports will not be sent home.