Anaheim Union High School District
Anaheim Union High School District Ensures Complete Visibility & Control of 30,000 Devices with Absolute
Founded in 1898, the Anaheim Union High School District is a partnership of students, parents, faculty and staff that serves the educational needs of families in Anaheim, California and surrounding cities. One of the largest school districts in the state, Anaheim Union’s student population is just shy of 30,000 on 21 different junior high and high school campuses stretched across 5 cities. The school is also the City of Anaheim’s third largest employer with more than 3,000 faculty and staff
Technology has long been a part of the district’s vision to graduate college and career-ready students, but equipping almost 30,000 of them with digital devices was a sizable investment - particularly 20 years ago. Erik Greenwood has been Chief Technology Officer at Anaheim Union for the past 16 years, and he and his team have used the Absolute Control® solution from the beginning to protect that investment.
“We started using Absolute when we had a rash of laptop thefts,” Greenwood said. “Absolute Control stemmed the thefts and because it was so effective, we now use it on all our endpoint devices.
”Historically, devices didn’t go home with students. There were very few exceptions; devices remained at school and in charging carts while not in classroom use. But when the COVID-19 outbreak hit, the district had to transition to a fully remote learning environment.
As students were being dismissed for remote learning, Greenwood and his team were formulating a plan for getting technology into the hands of those who didn’t have access to it at home. After a district-wide survey, they had to quickly configure 7,000 Chromebooks and 2,000 mobile hotspots to be distributed to families in need. Each of those devices had Absolute Control turned on, so Anaheim Union IT could track the ones being checked out, even after they left the school network, with an unbreakable digital tether and always-on, two-way connection.