On October 11, 2016, a message was posted by a Public Schools Branch student to a GROUP within our PEI Google Apps for Education platform. Due to the settings of the GROUP at that time, the content of the post was sent as an email to everyone’s @cloud.edu.pe.ca account, including teachers, administrators, and students. The subject of the email was (Intro – D.R.A.M.) and the content and wording were inappropriate. It was not possible to retract this message from student accounts and teachers were asked to bring this matter to the attention of students as they are introduced to their email within Google Apps. Teachers will be having age-appropriate conversation about unwanted messages, spam and the difference between Reply and Reply All, and work with students to remove the item from their @cloud.edu.pe.ca inbox.
We regret that this incident took place, but it has provided significant learning for staff and students. PSB and ITSS staff have worked to ensure that this kind of incident cannot happen again, and specifically, the configuration of this GROUP restricts posting rights to selected individuals within ITSS, the Public Schools Branch, and Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture.
We wanted to send out this update post as we recognized as we further debriefed this event that parents may not have been fully informed of this incident. We thank parents for their support in this matter.