Not anymore. However, staff members can reset passwords but the system is now designed for students to activate accounts themselves. Sign up to become an e-mail sub-administrator here. This will allow you to lookup student e-mail accounts (which you can also do in MyData) and reset passwords.
It definitely does work. If you receive security exception errors, please make sure your computer is properly configured by installing web certificates. Computers that are five years old may have difficulty using Google Drive.
Please visit escwest.net's Google Support page for instructions on how to properly create a teacher Google account to use in the district. To be clear, this is not a Gmail (Google e-mail) account but a Google Drive account.