Today, we received the first student laptops for annual maintenance, which also marks the unofficial end of summer project work within the IT department. From here on in, we fully devote ourselves to laptop maintenance and responding to user requests as teachers return to school and staff prepare for the start of term.
We finished nearly all of the faculty laptop computers last week, save those that required a trip to Apple to repair a broken or malfunctioning part. They required a lot of work. We moved all of the Windows machines to 7, since XP is now out of support. The Macs required extensive research to devise the best configuration for printers, wireless access, and network access. Attempts to automate the process were regularly foiled. It took far too much effort to reach a point of reasonable confidence that the configuration will work effectively. Hopefully, things will go more smoothly for the student machines.
Signs of the impending school year abound. Divisions heads meet this week to plan for the year. Some teachers have shown up for summer curriculum planning meetings. I’m not actually certain what all goes on next week, but August 30 brings the official start of the school year for teachers. They will attend division retreats and opening meetings. Grades 6-12 start before Labor Day weekend, whereas grades PS-5 start after. Oregon requires only 160 days of school in the year, well below the 180 in our neighboring states.