What is Bmail?
Bennington Public Schools has been providing teachers and students access to Google Apps for Education since 2010. However, we are just now beginning to grant access to Google's email service this summer. Teachers and staff will have to change the way they access their email, and select groups of students will also now have access to district-provided email.
Will my email address change?
Nope! You will keep the same address as before. Teacher addresses will still be @bennps.org and student addresses will be @benningtonschools.org.
Will I still be able to use Outlook/my phone/mobile device to access my email?
Yup! Instructions for setting up your mobile device and desktop clients will be provided on this website!
Which students will have access to email?
While all students in the district receive a Google account, Bmail will not be turned on for everyone. Email access will be driven by the curriculum and what grade levels teachers feel will need access. For now, students in grades 7-12 will have access to email.
I already have a personal Gmail account. How will this work?
Personal accounts will not be effected by this transition. You will be able to use the same ways to access your account no matter what device you use. You will need to learn how to switch back and forth between the accounts, though.
Will I lose all my old email?
You don't have to. Once we make the transition, old emails can be migrated over to the new system. If you have local emails in your Outlook, you can keep them in Outlook. The recommendation will be to move everything into Gmail. There is no specific time frame if you are using Outlook - we can move your emails at any time.
How will I access my email over the summer?
On May 24th, the ESU#3 server will no longer receive emails. You will log on to http://mail.google.com with your Bennington Google account to access your messages.
Will I be able to send mass emails to everyone in the district?
Yes. The distribution lists will change to the following. These will only be accessible to firstname.lastname@example.org - All district employees
email@example.com - All teachers in the district
firstname.lastname@example.org - All support staff in the district
email@example.com - All administrators in the district
firstname.lastname@example.org - District Office Staff
email@example.com - Bennington Elementary all staff
firstname.lastname@example.org - Bennington Elementary teachers
email@example.com - Benningon Elementary Support Staff
firstname.lastname@example.org - Heritage Elementary all staff
email@example.com - Heritage Elementary Teachers
firstname.lastname@example.org - Heritage Elementary Support Staff
email@example.com - Pine Creek Elementary All Staff
firstname.lastname@example.org - Pine Creek Elementary Teachers
email@example.com - Pine Creek Elementary Support Staff
firstname.lastname@example.org - High School all staff
email@example.com - High School teachers
firstname.lastname@example.org - High School support staff