Yesterday, just as school began, we got an announcement over the PA system--our district network was down. We had no internet and no intranet.
It's amazing how much of our world stopped. Attendance? Discipline? Schedule changes? What kid's in what class? All done by computer in our all-encompassing school management system, Zangle. If teachers didn't have some sort of roster pre-printed, I guess they just had to ask the rest of the students who sits in that empty seat....
Last week I vented to my principal about what our tech services people do to every computer I've purchased for my stats lab. Among other things it turns out that if they're not connected to the district network, they're very good paperweights. Oh, you can run Excel on them, but you can't save your work, not even to a flash drive. What's the point? Essentially, they cannot be used as stand-alone workstations, they must be connected to the district network. This is time-consuming on boot-up and fairly worthless, as the only networked function I need from them is to print to a printer that's located in the same room as the computers.
It's a good thing I didn't need that lab yesterday, or I'd have been completely dunken verstunken. I needed them today; it was a close call.
Yesterday during 5th period we got the announcement that network operations had been restored. Upon logging in I noted that our tech services people had sent us two emails that day--the first notified us that the network was down, and the second notified us that the network was back up. Honestly.