Microsoft Windows 10 Update

We want to make you aware of a critical update for users of Microsoft Windows 10 that DTS is coordinating now and will be sent to all machines running Windows 10. This update does not apply to iPads, Chromebook or Macintosh computers.

The critical patches have been issued via LANrev. Infrastructure computers (sign, camera, KC, POS, etc.) have been excluded and will be handled manually this week. The update requires a restart and gives the user one hour to wait until the restart is forced. This will only occur when units are on network.

You need to know:

  • Beginning Thursday, January 23, DTS will contact users not yet updated and offer assistance and support as needed.
  • If you have personal machines running Windows 10, it is strongly recommended you update these also.

Additional info:

The update is the result of a warning from the National Security Agency (NSA). It fixes a vulnerability that impacts our ability to ensure safe and secure connections to critical applications and data used by the district. The analogy in this article explains the exploit in easy to understand terms:

Matthew Green, an associate professor in the computer science department at Johns Hopkins University, said attackers can use this weakness to impersonate everything from trusted Web sites to the source of software updates for Windows and other programs.

“Imagine if I wanted to pick the lock in your front door,” Green analogized. “It might be hard for me to come up with a key that will open your door, but what if I could tamper with or present both the key and the lock at the same time?”

Thank you for your ongoing support. Please contact the Help Desk if you have questions or need additional information.

Wireless Profile Certificate Update

In order to keep all of your devices safe and secure, DTS needs to make an update to your wireless profile, and we need your help!
 

What do I need to do?

On the morning of Monday, November 4, 2019, every 1:1 iPad (staff and grades 6-12 student devices) will need to have the new wireless profile certificate applied.

To do this, on your iPad go to Settings > Wi-Fi, then select the svvsd network.  A window will pop up with the new certificate. From there simply select Trust.

Why?

In order to allow our devices to use the svvsd network safely and securely, we install a certificate on your St. Vrain Valley School District devices.  These periodically expire, and because the current wireless certificate expires in mid-November, we need to install an updated certificate.
 

Who?

This change will be applied to ALL district devices that connect to svvsd Wi-Fi.  Most of the changes will be done by DTS remotely, but your 1:1 iPad (staff and grades 6-12 student devices) will need some interaction.
 

What if it doesn’t work?

If you have a stubborn device that will not connect on the morning of November 4, 2019, you can forget the network and sign in again.

For further assistance, please contact the Help Desk.

Spoofing

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Spoofing is a fraudulent or malicious practice in which communication is sent from an unknown source disguised as a source known to the receiver.What is Email Spoofing?

Email spoofing, also known as “spear phishing”, is one of the best known spoofs. Spoofed emails may request personal account information and appear to be from […]

Suspicious Login Activity Detected from Your Account

Why did I get an email stating that “Google has detected suspicious login activity” in my account?

Each day we see dozens of district logins for students and staff from outside the United States. When our security monitor detects a login from outside the country, an automated warning email is sent to the student […]

New Schedule Look for Schedule in IC.

With the update to IC Version 1933.8 this weekend, there will be a new look and functionality for the Schedule Tab in IC. There are three locations for the Schedule Tab in IC.

Student Information > General > Schedule

Student Information > Health General > Student Schedule

Student Information > Counseling > General > […]

Campus Instruction’s New Look

Campus Instruction has a new look teachers can preview. Please check it out after we take the new version the weekend of September 7th.

After turning it on, go to the Index. The Index has been condensed in to Modules.Please click on each option and explore. 

When/if turning it off, teachers can provide feedback […]

Meet Christine Pisano

Tech Support AnalystYears with St. Vrain: 2

What does your average day look like?My typical day starts out with checking tickets to be done for the day.  Checking and answering email.  I try to get to my schools before they start, so I can fix anything before the students arrive.

What are your favorite […]

SPEAR Upgraded

This summer we upgraded the software for SPEAR, the software used for printing to a copier, and you will notice a few changes. The first thing you may notice is the login screen looks different, but this is only a cosmetic change and does not affect how you log in.

Login screen for SPEAR […]

New Technology Menu on School Websites

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DTS has been working with the Office of Communications to standardize the information available to families on school websites. Check out the new Technology menu on your school’s home page, which includes links to iPad information, tips for healthy digital habits, the Family Connections newsletter, and more:

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Did you know…

While school is out, DTS likes to keep busy over the summer.  With the help of our temporary summer crew we are currently working on many projects across the district.

Here are just a few examples of what DTS is doing this summer: 

Replacing 300 lab computers with new units.Replacing all of the mounted […]