Category Archives: Alerts

Brief Network Outage at Hills, Weber, and Transitions

In order to complete necessary maintenance related to a problem impacting Hills Elementary, network service – including internet, internal network services, and phone service – will be briefly disrupted today at 5:00 PM.   This issue will impact Hills Elementary, Weber Elementary, and Transitions.

We expect that this outage will last between 5 and 10 minutes. 

Brief Network Outage on August 28th

As part of a planned system upgrade, the ICCSD internet connection will briefly be offline at 5:00 PM on Monday, August 28th.  We expect this outage to last for a short time, but there is the possibility that outages will continue either continuously or sporadically for up to one hour.  

We do not expect any downtime after 6:00 PM on August 28th.  As always, we appreciate your patience as we work to improve our network infrastructure and performance. 

Google Read & Write Teacher Signup

One of the most well-reviewed services that we’ve implemented in recent years in the Iowa City Schools is Read&Write for Google Chrome, which is designed to improve the accessibility of web resources.  While we have pushed this service out to all students using their ICCSD Google accounts, the service’s publisher – Texthelp – requires that teachers sign up in order to receive premium access.  

This service is available to all district teachers; ICCSD teachers can sign up at this link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/free-for-teachers/ 

You’ll need to enter your ICCSD email address as your email address, and can enter the following information for the district administrator section: 

School/District Admin Name: Justin Miller
School/District Admin Email: miller.justin@iowacityschools.org 

I hope that you enjoy and benefit from this resource!

Alert: Google Fake Share Update

Yesterday, Google Drive was subject to a phishing attack that sent fake messages with a Google Doc link, with a subject line telling you that a file had been shared with you.  This was a worldwide event (not just ICCSD), and you can read about this issue here, here, and here.  

What should you do? 

While there is no evidence that this scheme allowed attackers to steal passwords, we are recommending that if you clicked the shared doc link in one of these spam emails, you change your password as a precautionary measure.  Since our ICCSD Google passwords are synchronized with our network passwords, you’ll need to change your network password.  You can do this by pressing Control-Alt-Delete at the same time, and clicking “Change a Password”.  You’ll need to enter your old (current) password, and then enter your new password two times.  Within a few hours (at the most), your new network password will be synchronized to Google, and will become your Google password as well.   Continue reading Alert: Google Fake Share Update

Google Drive Problem Alert: Don’t Click Shared Doc

Google Drive is currently experiencing a widespread problem that is not limited to ICCSD, which is causing “NAME has shared a document on Google Docs with you.”  

Do not click on the links that are being sent.  They are not legitimate. 

At this point, it’s unclear whether this is simply a problem with Google, or whether it’s a coordinating phishing attack.  Google has acknowledged the problem and is working on a solution.  In the meantime, here are some tweets from Google users around the country experiencing the same issue: