Orange County Public Schools serve more than 206,000 students across 266 schools, with more than 25,000 team members. The sheer size of the district presents many challenges when it comes to student records—but Virginia Schneider, assistant director of student information systems, plays a major role in overcoming those challenges.

During the district’s implementation and continued use of Skyward, Virginia led the student information system team in building report cards, state reporting mandates, teacher gradebooks, attendance, transcripts, and Family/Student Access, just to name a few. She facilitated the use of a third-party software to automate Skyward configuration changes and utilities that run entity by entity, saving the district thousands of hours and ensuring data accuracy. In addition, along with her team, she used Skyward to replicate over 10 million data transactions (1.7 TB) daily through a MS SQL data environment to create an in-house reporting tool.

Virginia and her team worked with various OCPS departments to implement a new Skyward training program for staff, offering 12 sessions monthly as well as on-demand training courses for over 30 areas in Skyward. When fielding tickets entered by staff regarding Skyward topics, customer care personnel can easily refer users to documentation, sessions, or courses to get the understanding they need to become experts on Skyward.

Virginia's ability to communicate effectively, delegate work, and encourage strategic thinking are some of the many skills she possesses that motivate and empower her SIS team to work collaboratively and be a high-performing team.

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