G Suite Information for Students and Parents
Learn basic information about how students access G Suite for Education, take their files when they leave FCPS and more.
How To Access G Suite
What do I need?
Chrome is the preferred browser for G Suite for Education. Learn more about other supported browsers.
How do I login?
- Open the Chrome Browser on your computer
- Go to www.fcps.edu and click on the G Suite link
- Enter your student ID number and click Next
- Example: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Example: email@example.com
- Enter your password and click Next
- Click on the waffle in the upper right corner to access the G Suite Tool you want to use.
Your G Suite password is your network password for most of your online systems. If you need to change your password, do not change it in G Suite. That will not change your network password in the system. To reset both your FCPS network and G Suite passwords, please use the Self-Service Account Recovery application.
Unlike FCPS 24-7 Learning, G Suite is not designed to provide separate parent accounts. To monitor a child’s activity in G Suite, parents can have their child login and show what they are working on within the G Suite environment.
The Google Family Link app lets parents set digital ground rules to help guide their children as they learn online. FCPS G Suite accounts can be added to Family Link, however, FCPS cannot provide support for Family Link. For more information, go to the Google Support Site.
Accessing FCPS G Suite email on Mobile Devices
FCPS G Suite email can only be accessed through the Gmail app. FCPS G Suite email will not work with the device’s native app.
- Download the Gmail app (Android | iOS) (Access through third party mail apps is not supported).
- Log in with your FCPS G suite account information.
If you need help, see your teacher or search Google's Help Center.
Your FCPS G Suite account is automatically disabled after your last full day of school, or in August for graduating seniors or students leaving FCPS. Your G Suite account and all data associated with it will become inaccessible in August. Therefore, it is important that you download all of your data from Drive before you leave FCPS.
If you are graduating from or transferring out of FCPS, you can download your data from Google by:
- Log in to your FCPS Google account.
- Select all of your files and folders in your drive
- Press Ctrl + A on a PC.
- Press ⌘ (Command) + A on a Mac.
- Near the upper right hand corner of the screen, you will see three vertical dots (⁝). Click on the three dots and then click on Download.
- Google will then create a ZIP (compressed) file of all of your files and folders. This may take a while if you have a lot of files. In the bottom right hand corner of your screen, you will see a pop-up that says Preparing download.
- Once your files have been successfully zipped, the pop-up will say Download ready and your browser should automatically begin downloading the ZIP file to your computer.
Note: Your Google files (documents, presentations and spreadsheets) will be downloaded in the Microsoft Office format (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
Things to Keep in Mind When Using FCPS G Suite for Education
- Remember that G Suite is a school environment. Regardless of whether you are in a school building or not, if you are in G Suite, you are responsible for following all FCPS guidelines as described in the Students Rights & Responsibilities Handbook and the FCPS Acceptable Use Policy.
- G Suite accounts should not be used to log in to other applications, unless directed to do so by a teacher. Users can see applications linked to their G Suite account by following the steps below:
- Never share your G Suite password.
- Report any inappropriate use to a faculty or staff member at your school. All reports are investigated by school personnel.
- G Suite accounts continue to be available over the summer. G Suite files remain available from year to year.
- G Suite student tools include Docs, Sheets, Slides, Mail, Draw, Calendar, Contacts, Forms, Keep, Tasks, and Sites.