Parents, all students in grades 8 - 12 are issued Bearsmail accounts. The Bearsmail system is administered by the school and can be monitored by the school's technology department. There are no connected profiles to post "status" or photos, and no chat functions for group talk. Students do not need other email addresses to communicate with their teachers. We have not issued Bearsmail accounts to 6th and 7th graders since most other providers require their users to be 13; however, we are also aware that most of our 6th and 7th graders have email accounts with other providers, and frequently use them for projects or other class assignments. Providing Bearsmail accounts would be a way for the school to provide a safer alternative for email communication with teachers and classmates.