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Welcome to the 2020 Panama Public Schools Erate page. All questions received via email will be posted here. Those who call will be asked to send an email with the questions.  


Please break out all Category 2 bids by site (HS, MS, ES). The RFP does list products and services totals by site. We have site ERATE budgets so this will be helpful in evaluation of bids.


Here is a District Map of buildings and technology. District Wan

WILL THE DISTRICT CONSIDER PARTIAL BIDS OF SELECTED ITEMS? FOR EXAMPLE, WE COULD NOT DO THE BUILDING TO BUILDING BRIDGE, ETC.

ANSWER: Yes. We will consider individual bids for each of the services?

Will the district consider an annual subscription based appliance/solution for the Firewall, Web Caching that would include the administration, maintenance and support. Content Filtering functionality is also available but is not eligible for E-rate discounts?

ANSWER: Yes, a subscription based solution with support would be acceptable.

Question: How many SFPs are needed?

Answer: We need enough to connect the five buildings at the HS/MS and connect the Lower to the Upper. Currently, we have 8 multi-Mode  at the HS/MS and 2 at the Elementary buildings. We have one single mode at the HS and three single modes at the Elementary (One is located at the Event center).

My request for one sfp at the middle school was because only one is located in the middle school. The other end is at the high school. While we reqested 12, 10 is all that is really needed. The error was mine.

Question: To Confirm, you need 20 Cat 6 cables? 

Answer: We need 21 Cat 6 cables counting the one cable routed from the lower elementary to the elementary gym.

question: Do you want a virtual firewall or an appliance? 

Answer: We will consider either option but price will become a major factor in the decision. 

The bids due date is february 7th, 2020. There is a typo on the rfp. also the snow day should be january 21, 2020

Question: There are no 16 port ubiquity switches with 10 gb uplink. Will bids for 1 gb 16 port ubiquity be acceptable? 

Answer: Yes

Question: how will 8 port switches be mounted?

answer: 8 port switches will be placed in various classrooms throughout the district. Some will be on shelves and some will be mounted on the wall.

question: can 1 and 2 foot cat 6e patch cables be quoted instead of 6 inch and 18 inch cables? 

Answer: Yes, if the length of the cable is suspended in a manner that does not cause an overlap over the switch ports.