Information Technology

  • The effective use of technology significantly benefits both the students and staff of Forney ISD in a variety of ways. Through technology, our students are provided enhanced modes of learning, while developing the skills that will be necessary to compete in their future society. Likewise, today's use of technology by district staff results in an overall increase in productivity, accuracy and creativity.

    To ensure these benefits are realized, Forney ISD maintains a technology strategy that is fully integrated with district curriculum and professional needs.

Looking for help?

  • All Staff and Student IT support requests should be submitted through our district Help Desk. Instructions can be found here. For all other questions, please contact your student's campus or our district Technology Office.

IT Status & Updates

  • MyFISD: Password Security and AUP for Staff

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 11/16/2022 12:00:00 PM

    It has come to our attention that some staff members are sharing their MyFISD account password with students so they can put their personal devices on District WiFi. It is a violation of the FISD Acceptable Use Policy to share your password with anyone - even your own child. By providing another person with your password, you are giving them access to your Email, Skyward, and Edugence. This is a direct violation of FERPA and can result in disciplinary action, including termination. Please make sure you are keeping your password safe and secure at all times.

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  • Scheduled Maintenance: Server Migrations and Application Downtime

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 11/15/2022 11:30:00 AM

    Good Morning Forney ISD,

    As part of our ongoing Server Infrastructure Refresh Project, IT has scheduled a series of maintenance windows over the coming month. These maintenance windows allow for services to be gracefully shutdown and migrated from the old server hardware to our new environment.

    To keep communication simple, we've listed all known maintenance windows below:

    • PaperCut
      • Nov 15, 6PM
    • Help Desk
      • Nov 16, 6PM
    • Destiny
      • Nov 16, 6PM
    • ADManager +
      • Nov 16, 6PM
    • Laserfiche
      • Nov 17, 6AM (All Day, Nov 17th and 18th)
    • Edugence Document Scanning
      • Nov 17, 10AM
    • FileWave
      • Nov 17, 10AM (All Day)
    • EMS
      • Nov 29, 10AM
    • ACM
      • Nov 29, 10AM (4 Hours)
    • Smart Tag
      • Nov 30, 12PM
    • Transfinder
      • Nov 30, 6PM
    • WiFi (Cisco ISE)
      • Nov 30, 6PM
    • Frontline NowDocs
      • Dec 05, 1PM

    If conflicts arise and maintenance needs to be rescheduled, this post will be updated. At a minimum, please expect 2 hours of service downtime for each window, unless otherwise noted.

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  • Bitlocker: Increasing Security For Windows Devices

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 11/14/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Beginning today, Forney ISD IT will be enabling Bitlocker features on all Windows devices. Bitlocker is a security feature in Windows that encrypts data saved on the PC, preventing it from being inappropriately accessed in the event of theft, loss, or disposal.

    There is no action required on your part for Bitlocker to be enabled. Once the process starts on your device, you may receive a prompt to reboot your PC, but you can decline and Bitlocker will complete its work after your next restart.

    If you have any issues or questions regarding Bitlocker, please submit a Help Desk request.

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  • Known Issue: Software Kiosk on Windows

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 11/11/2022 8:30:00 AM

    Forney ISD IT is aware of an issue preventing the correct installation of applications from the software kiosk on Windows devices. This issue is not present on all devices and does not affect all applications in the kiosk. We're currently showing about 50% of devices have the issue. We have identified the issue and are working towards a permanent resolution.

    In the meantime, if you attempt to install an application from the kiosk and it does not complete, please submit a Help Desk request for an IT Support staff member to manually install the application for you.

    Vivi Specific Workaround:

    Vivi provides two options for accessing their application without a permanent install, which are included in our Vivi: How to get started document under guest access and are also included below.

    1. You can run a portable version, which does not require installation. Available at

    2. You can run the progressive web app version, which does not require a download. Available at

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  • Service Outage: Multiple Services

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 11/8/2022 8:30:00 AM

    Forney ISD IT is aware of multiple systems down or unavailable for login across the district. The list of currently affected systems includes the following:

    • Destiny
    • Education2020
    • Edugence
    • FileWave (Software Kiosk & Imaging)
    • Help Desk
    • MyFISD (Password Changes)
    • Nutrikids
    • Smart Tag
    • Transfinder
    • WiFi

    We are actively investigating the issue and hope to have a resolution soon. Updates will be posted here as they are available.

    Update (Nov 8th, 9AM)

    Additional affected services were added to the list above.

    Update (Nov 8th, 9:50AM)

    At this time, basic network services have been restored across the district. Any devices unable to connect to WiFi should be restarted.

    Our list of other affected services has been updated to show additional services that are still affected or unavailable.

    Update (Nov 8th, 10:40AM)

    Our IT Operations team has established a remediation plan to correct the issues affecting individual services. Restoration work has begun and the Edugence platform should now be available to all users.

    The current estimate places full restoration of services after 4PM today. We will update this posting as more information is made available.

    Update (Nov 8th, 12:30PM)

    Remediation and resolution is complete, ahead of schedule. At this time, we are showing all services are fully restored and functional. If you continue to experience any issues or errors with affected applications, please submit a Help Desk request. IT staff members will be investigating lingering issues on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Scheduled Maintenance: Telephone System

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 11/7/2022 1:55:00 PM

    On November 12th, beginning at 9AM, the infrastructure services team will complete a scheduled hardware migration of our Cisco phone system. This migration will last all day and services are expected to be restored by Sunday morning.

    During the migration, all phone services will be unavailable district-wide. This includes but is not limited to phone calls, voicemail, emergency alerts, and Jabber services.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Update (Nov 11 2022, 3:30PM):

    Confirming and reminding everyone that this maintenance is still scheduled for tomorrow morning.

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  • Service Interruption: Skyward

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 11/7/2022 10:00:00 AM

    Forney ISD IT is aware of multiple reports of extremely long load times and errors while loading pages within Skyward. We have reached out to our Skyward support team and they are actively looking into the issues.

    We will update this post as necessary.

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  • Fall Feature Updates!

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 11/7/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Good Morning,

    Fall is the time of year when most software companies release their "next big thing" and this year has not been the exception. Microsoft, Apple, and Google have released their respective Fall Operating System (OS) Updates and Forney ISD IT is happy to announce that by the end of the week, all of these updates will be available for supported devices. For more information about specific updates, continue reading.

    Windows 10 22H2

    Arguably the strangest name of the bunch, Microsoft's update to Windows 10 doesn't bring much in the way of immediate change. Microsoft is making their big feature pushes in Windows 11 (not yet available in FISD) and Windows 10 22H2 is likely to be the first of many updates that prep systems for that impending upgrade. What it lacks in splash it makes up for in bugfixes and improvements to software stability. This update will be pushed to all managed devices on Wednesday, November 9th.

    macOS 13 Ventura

    Apple has released their next version of macOS and, in addition to the fresh coat of paint that comes with each new macOS version, it includes a lot of under-the-hood changes to the operating system and applications. A full list of changes is available from Apple's website. This update will be pushed to all managed devices on Wednesday, November 9th.

    iOS 16

    Apple's operating system update was delayed for a lot of devices as they worked on some last minute features, but iOS version 16.1 was finally released for all managed devices on October 28th. As a reminder, iOS updates do require user confirmation before the update begins, so keep an eye out for the red notification dot on your settings app and be sure to complete the update.

    chromeOS 107

    Google handles their major Chrome updates a little differently from most other software companies. They don't wait to bundle all of their updates into a once-per-year update. Every month, a new version of Chrome is released and it comes with any new features and improvements that Google is ready to release at that time. This means we get access to new features as soon as they're ready, but sometimes it leads to new features being overlooked or missed as part of regular updates. To help, Google posts periodic round-ups of "What's new in chromeOS" on their website and in the Explore app on devices. ChromeOS 107 was released for all devices on Friday, October 28th.

    If you have any issues or questions regarding OS updates on your device, please submit a Help Desk request.  

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  • Scheduled Network Maintenance

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 10/24/2022 9:30:00 AM

    On Wednesday October 26th, at 6PM, the IT Infrastructure team will be completing necessary software updates on our network equipment.

    During this update all network services will be unavailable. Affected services include the internet, district phones, and wifi. The update is anticipated to take approximately 1 hour and services should be restored by 7PM.

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  • Updates to Google Chrome

    Posted by Howard Carlin on 10/6/2022 1:00:00 PM

    As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the user experience and provide a more consistent feel across all devices, Forney ISD will be rolling out updates to Google Chrome over the next few weeks. The large majority of these changes will not be visible at first glance, but will provide some “under the hood” changes that will make Google Chrome a more consistent default experience across all Forney ISD devices.

    One of the most visible changes will be the requirement that all users sign into Google Chrome with their MyFISD account before they can surf the web or add secondary accounts.

    The IT Support team asks anyone who experiences issues or errors with Chrome please submit a Help Desk request for the application.

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