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Google Apps FAQ


What is Google Apps for Education?

Google Apps for Education is a suite of web-based programs providing email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, calendaring, online storage, research, and collaboration tools for all CUSD students and teachers.

How is the CUSD Google account different from a regular Gmail account?

Only those Google services that are applicable to an educational setting are provided in our CUSD Google domain. Some of the tools available in a public Google account will not be available in the CUSD Google domain.  Additionally, logging in to the CUSD Google account is done through a different login page than is used with a public Google account (Gmail).


What programs are available through Google Apps for Education?

CUSD's Google Apps for Education includes Calendar, Docs, and Sites among others. 

How will CUSD's Google Apps for Education be accessed?

Google Apps for Education runs on an internet domain purchased and owned by the Capistrano Unified School District and is intended for educational use only. As a cloud-based suite, Google Apps for Education will be available anywhere in the world via the web by signing into the students' Google Chrome Accounts. Logging in to student Google Chrome Account

Will my child be able to use his/her CUSD Google Account outside of school?

Yes from a Windows, Mac, or Chromebook computer with a supported browser and access to the Internet.


Does Google Apps for Education filter content?

All internet traffic in the Capistrano Unified School district is filtered for inappropriate content, however, there is always a chance students will be exposed to inappropriate material. While at school, staff will monitor use of Google Apps and other internet sites. Please monitor your students' use of Google Apps while off campus. At all times, whether at school or off campus, students are responsible for their adherence to CUSD's Acceptable Use Agreement. (Click here to  view the agreement)

What happens if students misuse their Google Accounts?

The same expectations for acceptable use of technology (as outlined in the Student Acceptable Use Agreement) apply to Google Apps for Education accounts. Students who misuse their accounts will be referred to their school's administrator who will deal with any infraction on a case-by-case basis. Administrators may choose to suspend a student's account privileges entirely for a length of time appropriate for the offence. Parents/guardians will be notified should their student's account access be altered or suspended.

Privacy and Security

What types of safety and security measures are in place for Google Apps for Education?

CUSD's Google Apps for Education complies with legal requirements for safety and security such as the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). CUSD Legal and Safety Compliance.

What about Privacy?

CUSD is responsible for protecting and safeguarding the confidentiality of student information.  Google Apps is governed by a detailed privacy policy and security measures.  Under our Terms of Service Agreement with Google,, they are obligated to comply with FERPA regulations.  Google Security and Privacy Policy for GSuite for Education Domains.

What assurances has Google given CUSD that they will not collect data on my student?

CUSD has a signed agreement with Google based on the terms of this agreement. Google Education Terms Please see Section 7.  CUSD Google Apps for Education is compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Children's Online Privacy Protection Act  (COPPA.)

Who has access to my child’s account?

The Google Apps Terms of Service agreement with CUSD contractually ensures that our institution (students, faculty, and staff) are the sole owners of their data.  Google will only access content stored on Apps when an administrator from CUSD grants Google explicit permission to do so. One example would be to investigate inappropriate use.

Does my child retain copyright of their creations?

The same copyright rules apply to content in Google Apps for Education that would apply to any other creation, provided the student is the sole owner.

What protection will CUSD provide so that my child is not accessing inappropriate content on the web?

There are no advertisements used with Google Apps for Education. Google Apps for Education is an online collaboration tool that is accessed using a web browser and requires a login and password.