• Welcome to Westerly Public Schools Technology page.

     

    WPS Technology team works the full calendar year ensuring all faculty, staff, and students have the access and support they need. Our team collectively has over 30 years of technical knowledge and experience in the medical, financial, higher education, and K12 fields.

    We support all hardware and software needs for the district through our centralized helpdesk located at Babcock Hall (23 Highland Ave, Westerly, RI 02891). You can contact us several ways:


    WPS Helpdesk System (Community only)

    WPS Helpdesk System (For Staff only)

    Phone: 401-315-1550
    Email: support@westerly.k12.ri.us
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  • Network Security

    Posted by Brandi Lamphere on 5/19/2022
    Hello again everyone,
     
    PLEASE READ as this will impact anyone in the district that is using a personal device.
     
    Beginning next school year, all personal devices will only have access to use the WPS-Open network. This means many applications will be blocked and will no longer work on a personal computer, laptop, cellphone or other personal device.
     
    TLDR (too long, didn't read) at the bottom.
     
    Everyday personal devices connecting to our WPS and WPS-Secure wireless networks do not follow the security requirements we have in place for our systems. We know no one voluntarily or purposely does this but we have seen botnets, crypto miners, malware, network mapping tools, and more scan our internal network for vulnerabilities. We have seen students utilizing their personal devices to get around our web filter and to utilize non-educational resources.
     
    Starting this Summer there will be several impactful changes to our network:
    • Speed increase on the WPS-Open network,
    • All personal devices (computers, laptops, cell phones, etc) will only have access to the WPS-Open network,
    • Only district-owned and managed devices will have access to the WPS and WPS-Secure wireless networks,
    • We are changing the WPS-Secure wireless password
      •  Its ubiquitous use and credential spread has made it unsecure
    • Further restrictions on the WPS-Open
      • We are further blocking access to certain network-heavy sites (Music and Video Streaming Services, Social Media, Google Classroom). Wireless Access Points (WAPs) have to broadcast and support several wireless networks. By doing this we will allow the WAP hardware resources to prioritize district devices.
    TLDR:

    Who - Everyone (students, faculty, and staff)

    What - All personal devices will only have access to the WPS-Open wireless networks

    When - Summer 2022

    Where - Districtwide

    Why - While we can do more to educate on cyber security we do not have the capacity to support and maintain non-district owned devices. This blanket approach immediately decreases our risk of ransomware and other cyber security threats. This is also a reminder that all network access is monitored in accordance with WPS policies.

     
    Are you interested in knowing about changes before they come, influencing ideas to come, or maybe to help build the next big idea, consider joining the Technology Committee. Want to know more? Email msujka@westerly.k12.ri.us
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  • Email Security

    Posted by Brandi Lamphere on 5/16/2022
    Hello again everyone,
     
    This email has serious implications on how you will access your district email on your mobile devices. If you do not understand it please call or email the Help Desk. 
     
    TLDR (too long, didn't read) at the bottom.
     
    Starting July 1st, everyone (faculty, staff, and students) must use the Gmail App OR login with an Internet browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.) to access your District email.
     

    This means third-party mail clients like Apple MailOutlook, Thunderbird, or others will not work.

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    Internet browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.) will continue to work.

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    Furthermore, Google has already started preventing app access on personal Gmail accounts: Less Secure Apps & your Google Account.

     

    If one of the reasons you do not want the Gmail app is because you don't want to receive notifications during or after hours, we have attached a tutorial to show how you can prevent notifications.

     

    How to install the Gmail app for those interested in using it:

    TLDR:

    Who - Everyone (faculty, staff, and students)

    What - Must use Gmail app OR web browser to access district email

    When - July 1st, 2022

    Where - District wide

    Why - Our Google Workspace email system has enterprise level security, compliance, and control. For example if a district wide phishing or spam email goes out to everyone, the Gmail App would have displayed an orange banner saying, "This looks suspicious. Be careful opening links from contacts you don't normally communicate with." This is also a reminder that all email access is monitored in accordance with WPS policies.

     
    Are you interested in knowing about changes before they come, influencing ideas to come, or maybe to help build the next big idea, consider joining the Technology Committee. Want to know more? Email msujka@westerly.k12.ri.us
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