Due to changes in Microsoft policies, and increasing demands for a more robust cloud-based platform, we will be changing email providers this summer for all staff in the Bremerton School District.
Your email address will remain the same during this process. You will not need to learn a new email address.
On June 26th we will migrate from Office 365 to Google Apps for Education. The migration will begin at 5pm on the 26th. At that time, all passwords for staff will be reset to the default password scheme. All access to Microsoft Office365 email systems will be suspended. You will not be able to access it via the web, phone or the Outlook client. Simultaneously, we will begin an 18 to 24 hour process to backup all current data in the Office 365 system. This includes email, contacts, and calendars.
This migration process will take a fair amount of time, so please do not be alarmed if it takes a couple days - up to and including June 30th - to complete. During this time you will be able to log into the Google apps system and view and reply to any new incoming messages. Your mail flow should only be interrupted for a few hours the night of the 26th. All district website links to staff email access will be updated, and you will be able to log in to access your mail. As soon as the the backup is complete we will begin migration of all your current email, contacts, and calendars to your new account.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be emailing a printable guide to all staff members for you to take home with you during the summer. It will include a timeline of the migration and all important information needed to access Google mail post migration. We will also create a website to mirror the printout so that it can be accessed from home. This will include directions to set up the new email service on your smartphone or other digital devices. Technology Services will be available during the summer to assist with any additional questions or concerns that may arise.
This new account will also give you access to the Google Apps platform, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, and more. There will be training at Summer Institute to introduce you to these options, as well as throughout the year. It will be available in addition to the Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/Powerpoint), not as a replacement.
We appreciate your patience as we make this change and hope to make it as smooth and painless as possible. Please watch for additional emails regarding this change and keep in touch with your building tech facilitator for up to date announcements.
Additionally, please feel free to contact Technology Services if you have any questions or concerns.
Will You Forfeit Your Leave?
Employees are encouraged to be proactive in knowing your own leave balances, how much you have used during the school year and how your balance is affected by your working agreement and District policy. If you earn vacation you should ensure your balance on August 31 is no more than thirty (30) of your work days. Any days in excess of thirty (30) will be forfeited on September 1.
Each employee should review their working agreement regarding their rights associated with personal leave. If you are allowed to accrue Personal leave, it is accounted for in the “Other Paid Leave” category in the Time Off Section of EA+. Any excess personal leave not used or cashed out (if eligible) by June 30 (August 31 for full year employees), will be forfeited on September 1. For days that qualify for cash out (please see your working agreement) complete a paper leave slip, mark “Other” and write “completed qualifications to receive (insert number) days of personal leave cash out”. Your request for cash out (leave slip) must be approved (signed) by your building administrator and must be submitted to Payroll by June 30, 2015. The Leave slip may be printed from the District’s website. Go to Staff, Employee Forms, Leave Slip – Exception Reporting Form.
As the school year closes we would like to share some volunteer data for 2014-15.
Central Washington University has partnered with VESi to provide online courses that are available for professional development credits or Washington State clock hours.
To Register Call: 1-800-313-6744
Arts-Based Inquiry, Engagement, and Discovery: New Spins on Project-Based Learning for the STEM Classroom
June 29–July 3, 2015 / 8:30am–3:30pm / EMP Museum