WISD Data Team Presents Edition #5

If the plan doesn't work, change the plan not the goal.

Winter is a season of recovery and preparation - Paul Theroux

03/16/2022: Spring General Collection Submission Certification Deadline

03/23/2022: Spring General Collection Recertification Deadline

03/31/2022: REP EOY Collection On-Demand Closes

04/01/2022: REP EOY Collection Opens

04/01/2022: SID EOY Collection Opens

04/06/2022: Early Childhood EOP Collection Opens

05/02/2022: TSDL General Collection Opens

05/02/2022: Days and Clock Hours General Collection Opens

05/02/2022: End of Year General Collection Opens

05/25/2022: Early Roster General Collection Closes

Are EEM updates needed?

Have you had any changes in your district or school entities since the beginning of the school year? If so, it is important that you update the Educational Entity Master to reflect these changes.

Please refer to the Are Your EEM Records Up to Date memo for further information.

Important Cybersecurity Information

In our current geopolitical climate, Cybersecurity is crucial. CISA, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has put out the following statement: “While there are no current specific credible threats to the U.S. homeland, current geopolitical activities have highlighted the importance of staying vigilant and taking appropriate steps to reduce vulnerabilities whenever possible.”

Attackers generally follow the steps outlined to the right to compromise an organization. While the WISD Technology Department has deployed security tools and added restrictions to PowerSchool for some countries (i.e. Russia, Ukraine) to the perimeter defenses, we need each user to have their shields up to secure our data and systems.

Below are things you can do to keep your shields up:

  • Secure your passwords with 12 character passphrases that are unique for each login
  • Use multifactor authentication for email and other systems when available
  • Log out of systems and never leave your device unattended.
  • If you see something unusual, say something. Report it to ITSecurity or call the helpdesk - 734.994.8100 x 1286
  • Think before you click. Exercise caution when opening emails from outside parties, particularly those that include links or attachments. Double check before you click
  • Update your software to maintain the fixes for security for devices, phones, browsers, and mobile apps that may be used to access PowerSchool..

PowerSchool Tasks

Plans for the next school year are most likely underway in your districts. It's time to begin planning in your PowerSchool instance as well. Below are some of the items to get you started.

If you haven't, get familiar with the MI School Data

Visit MI School Data, Michigan's official source for pre-K, K-12, postsecondary and workforce data to help residents, educators and policymakers make informed decisions to improve student success.

MiDataHub has a lot going on!

Visit MiDataHub. The Michigan Data Hub is a collaborative, statewide effort to address challenges in managing and using school data.

These forums ensure users of MiDataHub are up to date on notifications impacting your use of the system and its functionality and also includes new functionality, pending outages, Student Information System updates, vendor updates, and much more.

Recommended Forums :

MiDataHub Notifications - This forum is open for membership to anyone interested in obtaining communications about MiDataHub and will be used to share resources, updates, outages, and any form of communication with districts, vendors, and organizations involved with MiDataHub.

MiLearn - This forum is open to membership for anyone interested in or using MiLearn and will be used to share communication and resources between vendors, the state of Michigan and school districts implementing and using MiLearn throughout the state of Michigan.

PowerSchool Notifications - This forum is open to membership for districts using the PowerSchool SIS and will be used to disseminate communication and resources for distribution only to districts using the PowerSchool Student Information System and MiDataHub in Michigan.

Click here for a Google form that allows you to request joining. You only need to complete the request for any forums you would like to join.

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