Password reset for Windows


Instructions to Change Password

  • On your computer keyboard, press the ctrl-alt-del keys all at the same time
  • Choose the “Change Password” option that appears on the screen
  • Enter your current and new password into the Change Password Dialog box.
  • Hit the Arrow button next to the last password box, and your password should be changed.
  • Log Out/Sign Out of the computer and log back in to verify that your password change has gone into effect.     

Changing your password should update your password on other district software/programs that pull your password from Active Directory.  These programs include, but may not be limited to, the following.

  • SJSD Website
  • Office365
  • Google Account
  • PowerSchool
  • ClassLink
  • Canvas (may be after overnight sync, but old password will work in the meantime)

Changing your password off network

  • If you need or want to change your district password when off our network:
  • Go to an Office 365 website such as: or
  • Log in with district email and password
  • In the upper right corner, select the circle with your profile picture or initials
  • Select “View Account”
  • Then select “Change Password”
  • This will reset your password for all programs listed above but you'll still use your old password on your computer until you're back on district wifi.

PLEASE CHECK THE ABOVE SITES FIVE MINUTES OR SO AFTER CHANGING YOUR PASSWORD TO BE SURE THESE PASSWORDS HAVE UPDATED.  If they do not update after 5-10 minutes, please contact help desk for assistance @ 671-4444.

Your password for other software/programs that do not pull your password from Active Directory will not be changed/updated.  Examples include, but may not be limited to, the following.

  • TalentEd
  • Frontline (Aesop)
  • Employee Access Center

Password Requirements

Based on recent password guidance, we recommend that you create a “passphrase” rather than a password.  A passphrase is a collection of common words combined together randomly into a nonsensical phrase. An example of a passphrase is something like pretty congress tallest artist (with no spaces in between words).  The key is that the words need to be random and not form a phrase or sentence.  The passphrase should also include characters from three of the four categories listed below.  For example, Pretty Congress t@llest @rt!st (again, with no spaces in between words).


At a minimum, your password must meet the following complexity requirements.

  • Minimum of 8 characters
  • Not contain your account name or parts of your full name that exceed two consecutive characters
  • Not be based on a previous password
  • Must contain characters from three of the following four categories:
    • English uppercase characters (A through Z)
    • English lowercase characters (a through z)
    • Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
    • Non-alphabetic characters (for example, !, $, #, %) ​


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