Converge, May 1999, p. 28
The Y2K problem has the potential to strike schools in three core areas: financial, legal, and administrative. In order to avoid and minimize the effect of Y2K computer problems, the following advice from Pennsylvania’s “Y2K Contingency Planning Guide” should be followed:
- Identify all the systems at your school that use software and contain embedded computer chips. Then prioritize the list based on the systems that are most critical to school operations.
- For each system, list what could go wrong.
- Outline what has to happen before your contingency plan goes into effect.
- Have ready a schedule that explains how to deploy that contingency plan.
- Assign areas of responsibility to people for each step of the contingency plan.
- Identify what extra resources you’ll need to execute the contingency plan.
- Outline when you can end the contingency plan and begin normal operations.