Issaquah Connect Parent FAQ

Is Connect different than past teacher websites?

Yes and no. Just like conventional sites, teachers can build Connect sites to display static information such as resource links and assignment calendars. Connect can also offer many common “Web 2.0” tools such as blogs, forums, and wikis. Every staff member, student, and parent has an identity on the Connect network, allowing teachers to include these interactive features on their site.

Do I need an account to use Connect?

Probably not. The vast majority of sites and information are public and do not require you to sign in or have an account. Teachers may also choose to include interactive features on their site, such as a forum where you can ask or post questions. You will need to sign in with your Connect account to participate in these areas. Please refer to the information on the Connect homepage to activate your account.

Do teachers have to use Connect?

No. While the current contract requires all teachers to have an up-to-date web presence by September 1, 2012, they are able to use whatever web platform they choose (such as Google Sites or WordPress, for example). More information about teachers' required web presence—including items that must be included on their sites—is in the current contract under “Web presence expectations for Certificate staff” (p. 14).

Is it safe for students to interact on Connect?

Connect has been customized as an educational tool for the Issaquah School District and all student interactions are structured to simulate the classroom environment. Students will not be allowed to interact anonymously or without a teacher supervising their actions. All student interactions will be conducted in shielded, non-public sites. Students will be held accountable for the same civility, harassment/bullying, and appropriateness standards on Connect as in the classroom.

How can I get membership to a non-public site that my child's teacher has created?

Because student interactions in Connect take place in an environment that replicates the physical classroom settings, you must follow the visitors policy and work directly with the teacher who owns the site and/or principal to determine what access is appropriate.

Can students get in trouble at school for what they do on Connect?

Yes. All interactions on the Connect site are extensions of the classroom, and the teacher will monitor them in the same way. The same expectations and discipline (K-5 and secondary) around civility, harassment/bullying, and appropriateness apply.

Are there limits to what I can do or say on Connect?

Yes. Parent Connect users will be held accountable to the district's civility policy as well as this disclaimer:   

The Issaquah School District reserves the right to remove any user-generated content it deems inappropriate or not relevant to the topic of the forum. This includes language that has obscene language or sexual content, threatens or defames any person or organization, violates the legal ownership interest of another party, supports or opposes political candidates or ballot propositions, promotes illegal activity, promotes commercial services or products, or is not topically related to the particular posting, or contains contents that promote, foster, or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. The District will not, however, remove otherwise permissible comments based on viewpoint. Any content posted to this site may be subject to public disclosure under the Washington State Public Records Act, ch. 42.56 RCW.

What if I change my email address or name in Family Access?

Your Connect account will automatically update within 24 hours and send notices (such as password retrieval) to the new email address.