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Private and District-Wide Groups

Districts that have upgraded to include the Unification feature can create Private and District-wide groups. The Unification feature is available for both our Standard and Plus products. Contact your School Loop Account Manager for pricing details.


Group Options

With these optional settings there are 4 types of groups you can create:

Site Public.png Site Only, Public Group
Site Private.png Site Only, Private Group
District Public.png District-wide, Public Group
District Private.png District-wide Private Group

Note: Once a group is created, the optional Private and District-wide settings cannot be changed. If you made a mistake in the type of group you wanted, you will need to delete and recreate the group.

Private Groups

Faculty and staff can now create private groups that cannot be seen by users who have not been added to that group's membership. With public groups, faculty and staff at a school site can see a complete list of groups at the school and are free to join any group they wish. Private groups allow for more discretion and control with regards to a group's membership, as new members can only be added to private groups by either the group owner, group admins, or users with administrator rights.

Note: A private group member who has Webmaster or Editor rights has the ability to display the group locker on the website.

Creating a private group is easy -- simply click the Groups icon at the top of your portal and then click Create Group. At the bottom of the creation form, you will see a check box that allows you to make the group private. Checking this box will set your new group to private.


Users with Site Admin and District Admin accounts will still be able to see private groups created at the school level and can also join these groups if they wish. These groups will be labeled Site/Private in the "Type" column on the Groups page.

District-Wide Groups

District-wide groups have most of the same features as site groups with the advantage of allowing membership from other schools in the district. District-wide groups can be either public or private.

Note: The "Send LoopMail to Group" feature is not available and District-Wide groups are for staff only. Students and parents cannot be added to District-Wide groups.

District-wide private groups can also be created by checking both options at the bottom of the create group page. These groups are only visible to members of the group and District Administrators. While school-level System Admins can see any private group at their school, they cannot see district-wide private groups unless they have been added to the group.

The following table outlines the rights the rights associated with private groups.

Who Can... Private Site Group Private District-wide Group
see the group Group Owner, Group Admins, District Admins, site admins, group members Group Owner, Group Admins, District Admins, group members
add or remove members Group Owner, Group Admins, District Admins, site admins Group Owner, Group Admins, District Admins
add or delete files Group Owner, Group Admins, District Admins, site admins (members may only delete their own uploaded files) Group Owner, Group Admins, District Admins(members may only delete their own uploaded files)
post news and events All members All members
participate in discussions All members All members