Managing District Passwords

  • (Please note: Password Manager is no longer available for district use.)

    If you are having difficulties logging into district systems like Blackboard, TRES, or this website, your password has probably expired. For Summer 2018 only, your district email will continue to work when your password for other systems has expired as we transition from using Password Manager to using Office 365 for password resets.

    Two-Step Verification for Office 365

    • Teachers and administrators have already received instructions from their principals for registering an alternative form of verification (phone, email, or security questions). Those who have taken this step can reset their passwords from inside or outside the district through Office 365. 

    • Employees who belong to a school group but who have not registered for an alternative form of verification must do so now: 

      • Open the web browser on your device and go to the password reset registration page.
      • Follow the instructions to register for an alternative form of verification (outside email, phone number, or security questions).
      • The password reset option in Office 365 will then be available.

       

    Changing Your Password

    • If you have activated two-step verification decribed above, you can change your password at any time through Office 365.
    • If you cannot change your password through Office 365, you should try logging in to a district computer: 
      • If your password has expired, you will be prompted to reset that password.
      • If your password has not expired, you can use CTRL + ALT + DELETE after login to select "Change Password."
    • If you have not been able to reset your password using the methods above, you must contact your school's principal or Technology Lead Teacher, who can then email a password request to Dr. Susan Dupre. 

    Creating Complex Passwords

    Password strength involves length, complexity, and unpredictability. Passwords that are too hard to remember are more likely to be forgotten or written on a piece of paper, so it's important to craft passwords carefully. Passwords cannot be reused, but portions of the password can be changed incrementally.

    Step 1: Select a base word or phrase that is difficult to spell, that is spelled in an unusual manner, or that is an unpredictable combination of words.

    • It cannot include your account username.
    • It must be at least eight (8) characters in length.
    • If the password is a word that can be found in a dictionary, intersperse the numerals with the letters to increase unpredictability a bit; however, combining two or more unrelated words is far more unpredictable and is highly recommended.

    Step 2: To maintain protocols for password complexity, passwords must contain characters from three of these four categories: 

    • Upper-case letters
    • Lower-case letters
    • Numerals from 0 to 9
    • Special non-alphanumeric characters from this list: ~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/

    Recommendations for Securing a Password

    • Avoid using the names of family members and pets, particulary if this information is readily available through social networking.
    • Avoid writing a password on a piece of paper. If it must be written down, secure its location in some manner.
    • Do not give a password to anyone else--not to school administrators, not to another teacher, and certainly not to students.
    • If a password must be shared with a technician who is present in your classroom or office, change that password upon completion of the service call for your own security.
    • Do not respond to email messages asking recipients to verify their credentials (username and/or password) by going to a website.  Deceptive emails of this type sometimes slip through email filters, and these messages should be deleted without clicking any links.  If there is a doubt about a request being made via email, contact the district person whose name is included in the message by phone.