Back to work today. More of the same irritations, but overall a good start to the year. We have this crazy computer software program and every year they feel the need to spend the summer re-programming it so when we come back, it's harder to navigate and more restrictive in what you can do and how you can do it. It kind of self-perpetuates procedures simply due to the convenience of the programmers. So irritating. For example, we have this meeting invitation that we use to invite parents to a meeting (obviously). Last year, you clicked the positions of the people you were inviting (classroom teacher, special ed teacher, etc). This year it forces you to enter names in a data field next to each position, and certain fields are required fields but represent positions that rarely come to these meetings. For example, principal and school nurse are required fields to invite to each and every meeting (either position almost never comes). What's worse, we don't have a principal where I work but the program insists on a name that I don't have to give, so I can't complete the paperwork. And I can't imagine it's parent-friendly to tell parents that the principal will be invited to a meeting that s/he has no need or desire to attend. The explanation I heard is that they "want the principals to be more aware of what we do." If that's why, there has to be a better way of notifying the principal of what we are doing. Like including them in an alert when a meeting notice is written or something - not listing their name at the top of the invitation. And why they feel the school nurse is essential is beyond me.
It's going to be a long year, isn't it?
Last edited by Gwenn; 07-30-2012 at 06:51 PM.
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