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ICYMI: District-Wide Take Home… Now What?

On, August 25th, Hayes Software Systems partnered with CDW-G on a virtual webinar for CASBO.   School administrators and business leaders from the state of California gathered via Zoom to discuss processes for staff and student device distribution and easy help desk ticket submission. The conversation centered around on managing assets through their entire lifecycle, forecasting upcoming tech refreshes, and sanitizing learning devices before reaching the hands of...

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Hear from the Experts: How to Sanitize a Chromebook

Hear from an expert: Audra Stockman, VP of Operations at Xclusive Janitorial Services Computer keyboards and laptops can harbor over 20,000 times the number of bacteria and viruses as toilet seats, according to online IT educational organization, CBT Nuggets.   While we regularly clean bathroom facilities, laptops are often neglected. In school environments, Chromebooks are a prime candidate for the spread of COVID-19 and other disease-causing pathogens.   We recommend schools sanitize each device...

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ICYMI: Sanitization Webinar: How to Reopen Schools Safely

On July 30th, school administrators gathered virtually to discuss sanitization processes for reopening. Hayes Software Systems hosted a webinar to explore what the “new” back-to-school might look like for schools across the nation.     Special guest Audra Stockman, Vice President of Operations for Xclusive Janitorial Services, outlined comprehensive recommendations for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting each high-risk area across school facilities. The team at Xclusive Janitorial Services holds accreditations from Johns Hopkins, ISSA, and...

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The Importance of Sanitizing High-Touch Areas

Hear from an expert: Audra Stockman, VP of Operations at Xclusive Janitorial Services As information changes daily, it might feel challenging to keep up with the latest steps schools can take to decrease the spread of COVID-19.  Even as we get inundated with information, here are a few everyday constants you can incorporate into your school to reduce overall risk. While wearing...

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3 Easy Steps to Keep Your School Sanitized and Students & Staff Healthy

Hear from an expert: Audra Stockman   Amid the COVID-19 public health crisis, nothing is more top-of-mind than staying healthy. As the academic year approaches, schools nationwide are reevaluating their past sanitization procedures to ensure a successful reopening. In addition to social-distancing and mask guidelines championed by the CDC and other health agencies, these three simple steps can improve school sanitization and...

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Simi Valley Unified School District Distributes 4,000 Chromebooks in Under a Month

Simi Valley Unified School District had been searching for an asset management system for the past five years. It seemed that the district wasn’t able to justify the budget required to implement an asset solution in order to manage devices.   However, in March of 2020, COVID-19 introduced a brand-new challenge. The district needed to implement an emergency take-home, sending staff and students home with over four thousand Chromebooks in the span of weeks.   Simi Valley USD...

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What’s the Difference Between Cleaning vs. Disinfecting?

Hear from an expert: Matthew Bell, CMHS 4/29/2020 What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? In a new environment shaped by COVID-19, we have an acute awareness of the spread of germs.  However, no matter how conscientious and diligent we are, better understanding and knowledge is the most critical defense we have. The first step is to define the differences between cleaning...

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ICYMI: Tracking and Supporting Devices Beyond the Classroom

On April 23rd, we hosted a virtual panel about how to track and support devices beyond the classroom.  We had a great conversation with educational technology professionals about the processes they are creating to easily distribute devices, provide easy methods for staff and students to submit tickets, and enable education that expands beyond the classrooms. In this conversation, districts from all over gathered (via Zoom!) to share ideas and discuss...

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Hayes EDU: RFID 101 – Why RFID?

Do you dread physical inventories? Inventory can lead to hours of physically counting assets, devices that may be forgotten or out-of-sight, hard-to-reach items like projectors, access points, server rooms, and everything in between. This dull work is time-consuming, and leaves room for human error.   Scanning inventory with RFID technology can easily pick up difficult-to-reach items in a room in a fraction of the time it would normally take. You know what RFID is, and you know how RFID...

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Hayes EDU: RFID 101 – How Does RFID Work?

So you know what RFID Technology is, you know the benefits of RFID. but do you know how it works? RFID technology works by transmitting radio waves between an RFID scanner (i.e., interrogator) and an RFID tag, which is made up of a microchip with an antenna. When a scanner sends out electromagnetic waves, the RFID tag attuned to receive the waves...

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