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All Montgomery County Public Schools Computer Systems are 'Go' for Year 2000
MCPS has been preparing for Y2K for more than two years. During this time, major computer systems were assessed. A new Y2K compliant Student Information System (SIS) is now in operation, and a decision was made to replace the Human Resources Information System. Payroll and benefits' applications also have been made Y2K compliant.
In addition, more than 20,000 computers in schools and offices have been remediated. Other systems that were assessed and remediated include the fuel delivery system, independent activity fund, school nutrition, transportation fleet management, transportation databases, substitute calling system and warehouse system.
Staff from various offices and departments will be working over the December 31 weekend to ensure that all buildings and equipment in offices and schools, as well as buses, are functioning properly. The hub of the Y2K preparedness plan for the weekend will be an Operations Center in the Central Office. This center will be linked to the County Government's Emergency Preparedness Center, and if any countywide infrastructure problems occur, MCPS will be involved in such areas as opening high schools identified as emergency housing facilities and providing food for distribution through the Red Cross.
The MCPS central servers' functioning will be monitored at the stroke of midnight, and various tests will be performed to make sure that student and administrative data are secure. The MCPS Help Desk will be open on January 1 and 2 to respond to any Y2K technology emergencies.
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