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Microsoft Office 365 - Now Free for Douglas County Students
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Saturday, October 10, 2015
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We are pleased to announce that all current Douglas County students will be enrolled in the Microsoft Student Advantage Program. As part of this program, all Douglas County students will be issued a Microsoft 365 email account. This account includes email, OneDrive (cloud storage), calendar, and online collaboration tools (Word Online, PowerPoint Online, etc.) These powerful tools will help our students develop the 21st century skills necessary to be successful in a constantly changing and technology-driven world.

Additionally, students will have the ability to download and install the full version of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) on up to 5 personal devices at no cost.


Follow the steps below in the order listed. In this example, John Smith with a birthday of 20020101 (Jan. 01, 2002) will be our student. You will replace John Smith with your name and birthdate when completing the steps. Be thinking of a complex password before beginning.

Password Requirements:

• Must be 8 characters 
• Cannot include your name
• Must have at least 1 uppercase letter
• Must have at least 1 number
• May include a special punctuation mark or symbol

1. Visit

2. Type your name in the email box in the format as follows:

3. Type your birthdate in the correct format:
       TYPE THE FULL YEAR!! Example: 20020101 (notice the order: year, month, and then day)

4. Update/pick a new password by typing as follows:
       a. Current password: 20020101 (your birthday again)
       b. Create a new password
       c. Re-type your new password

5. Click the grid of squares on the top left corner

6. Click Mail

7. Enter your password from Step 4 part B above

8. Set your Time Zone to Eastern Time (Georgia is on the Eastern Coast of the United States)

9. Click Save

Douglas County School System
Student Email Guidelines      

The School District maintains email accounts to facilitate teacher/student
communication and to educate students to use e-mail in a responsible and
appropriate manner. The District reserves the right to view, delete, block or filter
email messages that are deemed inappropriate or unrelated to the District's
educational mission.

• Students are encouraged to check email daily.
• Email should only be used for educational purposes.
• Do not send harassing or threatening emails. Students are not to discuss other
students in emails.
• Do not send jokes, chain letters, commercial solicitation or spam.
• Do not send messages including profane language or inappropriate images.
Please remember that email is not confidential, and there is no right to privacy.
Assume that everything you put in any electronic format is permanent. Even if you
delete the content or your account, anyone on the Internet can easily save, print or
forward photos, text or videos to a computer or the information may be stored on
another server.
• Do not share your passwords with anyone.
• Use “strong” passwords that you can remember and do not write them down. The
strength of a password is a function of length, complexity, and unpredictability. A
strong password generally is greater than six characters in length and contains at
least one uppercase letter, one number, and one symbol (i.e. Pa$sW0rd).
• Do not respond to any emails requesting personal information. Emails from unknown
senders should be treated with caution. Do not respond to unsolicited emails.
• Inform your teacher immediately if you receive an email message that bothers or
frightens you.
• Email can be an integral part of communication, research and classwork.
Inappropriate use of this technology will result in disciplinary action.


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