Password Maintenance

Changing Passwords

You should always take care to protect your password! If you feel that someone has discovered your password please change it as soon as possible. Please do not write down your password and store it next to your computer or anywhere else that someone could easily find it. With your password someone could access your information or do things that will get charged to you. Follow the guidelines listed below when choosing a password:

Your password should be at least 6 characters long The longer the password the harder it is for someone to guess. Don't make it so long that typing it in becomes a chore. A good rule of thumb is 6 to 8 characters long.

Your password should be a mix of alphabetic, numeric, and special (!@#$%&*?) characters. This also makes it harder to guess. A good rule of thumb is to have at least two non-alphabetic characters in your password.

Your password should not be a word found in an English dictionary. There are programs that are readily available that will try every word in the dictionary against your login and can do so in a matter of a few minutes. If you use a word make sure that you mix numbers or special characters with it.

Your password can have both upper and lowercase letters, but the passwords for most programs are case sensitive so remember your password exactly as you entered it.

Your password cannot contain spaces.

Your password should not be something easily associated with you. You should not use things like your first or last name, your birthday, your nickname, your child's name, your school's name, your pet's name, etc. Also do not use the same password for all of your logins.

Do not give your password to anyone.  The technology group should never ask for your password. They should allow you to enter it yourself or may have to reset it for you but you should never tell them what it is. 


1.  Each user accessing the Powerschool application shall be uniquely identified with an ID that is associated only with that user.
2. The LEA security administrator, or his/ her designee, is responsible for promptly
disabling the Powerschool user ID upon termination of a user from the school or
LEA or upon cessation of a user’s need to access the Powerschool  system.
3. Unsuccessful login attempts shall be limited to three attempts before the user
logon process is disabled.
4. User IDs that are inactive for 30 days will be disabled.
5. Only authorized security administrators or help desk staff shall be allowed to
enable a user ID.
6. Passwords should not contain dictionary words or abbreviations.
7. Passwords used for the Powerschool system should be unique to Powerschool.
8. Passwords must be at least 8 characters in length.
9. To the extent possible, passwords shall be composed of a random variety of
letters, numbers and symbols with no spaces in between. Additionally,
passwords must contain at least two (2) non-alpha characters. Examples include
the following characters: !, @, #, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), 0-9
10. Passwords will expire every 90 days.
11. New users will have 11 days in which to log into the system and change their
default passwords at which time they will be disabled.
12. Passwords cannot be reused until 2 additional passwords have been created.
13. At no time should anyone from DPI call a user and request that user’s password.
14. Personal information such as social security numbers, drivers license numbers, etc. should not be inserted into email messages or other forms of electronic
communication without proper encryption.