E a s t e r n U p d a t e - Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Server Down on Elementary Report Card Day
Thank you to the many teachers who called the Unit office today to report that the server was down today, from 11:00 onwards. The frustration that teachers are feeling is evident. Teachers report that even when on the server prior to this time, the response time to keystrokes was approximately five seconds, and that they were being spontaneously booted off the system.
The server was also down on the February long weekend, as well as Saturday morning, February 27th, and Tuesday morning, March 2nd. These are all prime times for teachers to be completing report cards. We are aware that the IT department is trying to rectify the problem, however computer issues in our school board are long standing and have been consistently reported by OECTA and by individual teachers for years.
Meanwhile, we are in the process of contacting the Board to try to redress the situation. OECTA is proposing that the due date for report cards be moved to after the March break, and that all elementary teachers affected by today’s server problems be compensated with a half day of Occasional teacher coverage next week, so that report cards can get completed.
In addition, Article 42 of the Collective Agreement, Reporting System, states: “Should a Teacher not be able to access the reporting system during the period when the on-line reporting system would normally be available, the Teacher may make a request to the Principal for an extension to the reporting deadline. Such a request shall not be unreasonably denied.”
All teachers affected by the unavailability of the Board’s server are encouraged to document the periods during which they were unable to connect, and any other problems incurred. Furthermore, teachers are encouraged to request from their principal an extension to the report card deadline of Monday, March 8th, with a rationale for the amount of time requested for extension. (The amount of time needed by each individual may vary due to various personal commitments.) Please fax or email all of this information and the response received to the Unit office. An update will be sent out to schools once the Board and OECTA agree on redress