The D91 Education Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Maeck Family Foundation Grants. Last year the foundation awarded more than $80,000 in grants to enrich D91's programs, projects, and classrooms. Grants can be requested for classroom supplies, innovative learning materials, and special resources. Grants that support science, math and special needs are especially encouraged. It's easy to apply. Applications are due April 26. Questions? Send them to us.
It's time to start thinking about your flexible spending or cafeteria plan deductions for the coming school year. Open enrollment for the flexible spending plan is April 29 - May 24 and NBS will be our new Flex Plan provider. Learn more about the benefits of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
Two open house meetings are planned from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 8 and May 15 at the district office. Employees are welcome to stop by the district office to learn more about the options. Computers also will be set up so employees can enroll at that time if they want to. NBS will be mailing letters to all employees with the passwords to enroll with NBS. Learn more about NBS at http://my.nbsbenefits.com.
We want to hear from parents, patrons, and staff as we start work on a calendar for the 2020-21 School Year. Our current calendars are built with a lot of assumptions about the kinds of things that are important such as a week break at Thanksgiving, a two-week break at Christmas or a week off at Spring Break. Please complete this short survey so we know whether these things are still important. Questions about the calendar? Send them to us.
Schools districts are data-rich targets for cybercriminals. Both employee and student data are at risk of being stolen. Weak passwords are a gateway to breaches that can affect more than just the targeted users. The key to password strength is to make them long. The technology department is implementing a minimum of 12 characters password length, that will be required at your next password expiration, (along with the requirement of using three of the following conditions; an upper case, a lower case, a number, or a special character)
Using a passphrase-- -a short sentence or random words will help you create a secure password. For example, “Time to read books!” becomes “Time2readbooks!”. Start thinking of your passphrase now and be prepared to create a longer and more secure password. You can test your password strength at https://howsecureismypassword.net/.
Summer changes to the 2018-19 calendar impacted teacher contracts. To end school on May 31, we lost instructional hours and 4 contract days -- June 3,4,5 and 6. To make up some of that instructional time, we converted the Oct. 5 and Jan. 21 PD Days into instructional days, but that means some teachers will need to make up those PD Days. Here's a guide to ensure you're meeting those contract obligations.
Prepare now for May 1, when the district three-year email retention policy will go into effect to comply with Board Policy 503.1.Any emails or attachments that you need to retain, must be stored in a location other than your mailbox before May 1. On that, date emails will automatically be deleted from district email systems including @d91.k12.id.us, @ifschools.org, @cloud.ifschools.org, and @echo.ifschools.org, on their 3rd ‘birthday’. Questions? Send them to email@example.com
Please make time to complete this annual policy review, which provides employees with up-to-date information about district policies and procedures. This presentation reinforces our personal and professional responsibilities as we work to provide a nurturing learning environment for all students. It is not meant to be all inclusive, but provides employees with reasonable knowledge and adequate notice of acceptable and unacceptable behaviors.