This has not been a good start to my Monday! I woke to find lots of email from students telling us that they had trouble submitting solutions last night. On the positive site, it was great to see that so many had followed the directions in the error message and notified us.
Some of the kids sound desperate! It's an assignment that has to be done by Monday and they can't complete the assignment because our server won't accept their submissions. I feel really bad because some of the kids sound really scared.
OK, sure they should not wait until the very last day to submit, but they are only kids. I'm also a procrastinator, if you were looking for the midpow preview this past week you know how much I procrastinate! Also there were problems with our server on Saturday too! The tech people tell me that we have a bad driver the will need to be replaced very soon. We are addressing the problem.
In the meantime, could I ask you to provide your students with an alternate plan just in case. I really don't think it is fair for their grades to suffer if we have a problem at our site and can't accept their work. Perhaps they could email their submission to you as a back up plan for when our server is not accepting submissions. Or perhaps they could just print out a copy and hand it in on Monday.
Please share your ideas for other ways to deal with the situation.