California Educational Data Processing Association
The DataBus - Vol. 36, No. 2
February-March, 1996

NetDay96 District Checklist

  1. Form a District Steering Committee, including representatives from business services, information services, educational technology, curriculum, and maintenance and operations, that will assume responsibility for planning and coordination. Identify the primary district contact person for questions from site principals and school champions.

  2. Develop a NetDay Team to provide broad input in the planning process. Consider including personnel from maintenance and operations, information services, educational technology, curriculum, business, and public relations; school champions; faculty; outside advisors; contractors; and representatives from telcos, industry, city government, and community organizations. In most cases, guidelines and timelines can be developed by the steering committee, and then reviewed and refined by the larger NetDay Team.

  3. Secure and record School Board and superintendent support, preferably with a resolution.

  4. Develop guidelines and criteria for selection of schools to participate if there are not enough volunteers or other resources for all interested schools. Selection criteria should promote equitable access to Internet resources for students throughout the district, as well as assess facilities and connectability.

  5. Develop district Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) standards for wire, cables, connectors, patch panels, network interface cards, hubs, routers, and other equipment that will be used at all school sites and can be used in soliciting site level donations.

  6. Develop a public relations plan, including a timeline, press releases, and an identified contact person.

  7. Develop a plan for district level donations. Identify and contact potential donors.

  8. Develop descriptions of donation options for businesses and sample letters that can be used by school sites to recruit volunteers and solicit donations.

  9. Review safety issues, liability and insurance policies, and develop waiver forms for volunteers.

  10. Review CSEA's position in support of NetDay 96 with CSEA representatives, and if necessary, secure waivers.

  11. Schedule and organize orientation meetings for participating schools to assist schools in defining outcomes and to clarify the guidelines for wiring, equipment, and safety issues.

  12. Recruit skilled volunteers for needy sites. Organize training courses for site volunteers.

  13. Develop a storage and distribution plan for NetDay supplies and tools.

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