Second semester grades for thousands of students in Evansville's public schools vanished during last week's spring break.Of course it would malfunction in the middle of a backup. That's the way Murphy's Law operates.
A computer crash, officially described in a news release as a "hardware malfunction," zapped the information Thursday.
It happened during scheduled maintenance on the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp. server.
"Disk errors occurred when the system was powered back up," the release stated.
News of the mishap was spread Monday via an e-mail from EVSC. Teachers, parents and students were stunned.
My favorite quote comes from a high school math teacher who kept her grades on paper:
"So it's not a major inconvenience for me," Oliver said. "I guess I'm a bit old school."Here in the Olympia School District, we use Skyward. Sometimes it goes down. I don't think it's ever erased data. Sounds like it might be time for once-per-month mandatory paper trails, just in case.
Ah, technology. Makes life easier.