Whether in the form of socially distant precession lines, virtual ceremonies, or neighborhood drive-throughs, the class of 2020 is graduating and heading off into the world. We applaud these graduates wherever they are and wish them the very best as they turn their tassels and embrace their futures!
With the uncertainty surrounding what our education process(es) will look like this fall, we want to make sure students have access to the resources they need. In speaking with students and educators around the globe, we've discovered that due to the unknowns of the fall semester, many graduating seniors may like to retain access to their email accounts. Under normal circumstances, a K-12 school would reclaim the licenses of departing seniors to use for incoming first year students. The Exchange Online for Alumni license type allows an institution to continue this protocol but adds the benefit of extending email access for those who are graduating.
This post will provide you with guidance on extending Exchange licenses using the Exchange Online for Alumni license type for those who may need them. You can find this information along with other helpful information here. Assuming you have the proper administrator privileges for your institution, follow the steps below to change license type:
If you decide not to extend user licenses as outlined above, remember that when you reclaim a Microsoft 365 Education license by reassigning it back to the license pool, the student loses access to the online services and data, which means:
Remember that after moving documents out of their school OneDrive, students can continue to access and edit files with the free Office 365 for web products.
We hope you find this post helpful and look forward to providing you with continued support moving forward. As always, we invite you to join the Enable Remote Learning Community to ask questions, provide feedback, and stay on top of all things Microsoft EDU.
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