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No More IE Support

October 10, 2019

After 10 years of being in business, we are finally discontinuing browser support for Internet Explorer. Microsoft already ended support for Internet Explorer back in 2016. Security standards for browsers have improved over the years, and without current updates, the Internet Explorer browser is sub-par when it comes to enterprise-level security. 

For more information, check out this article:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support

If you’re using Internet Explorer, please upgrade to Microsoft Edge, or use our preferred browser, Google Chrome.

Re-Labelling Phrases

October 9, 2019

As a SaaS provider, we try to standardize all the nomenclature within the QuickSchools product. However, that sometimes creates the perspective that our software is too rigid, and intended for a specific audience or market. To improve the flexibility of our product, we’ve allowed certain fields/phrases to be relabeled.

For example, when you turn on “College Level Settings”, the following terms are relabelled as follows:

  • Grade Level: Relabelled as “Year Level
  • Homeroom: Relabelled as “Advisor
  • Homeroom Teacher: Also relabelled as “Advisor
  • Subject: Relabelled as “Course

In the recent Sprint E17 release, we’ve added 2 more fields that can be relabelled. If you’d like to relabel these fields in your QuickSchools account, just contact our support team:

  • Discipline: Frequently relabelled to “Incidents”
  • Summary (from the Lesson Plans module): Frequently relabelled to “Objective

Here’s an example screen after the “Discipline” module has been relabelled to “Incidents”:

“Discipline” relabelled to “Incidents”

Here are some other fields that can be relabelled:

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Attendance Reporting

October 8, 2019

We have several canned reports in QuickSchools under the “Summary Reports” module, related to Attendance. Here’s a quick list of the most relevant reports::

  • Attendance Summary
  • Attendance Exceptions
  • Attendance Not Yet Taken
  • Consolidated Attendance

Attendance Summary

This is the main report used to view all attendance records. There are several filters available:

Filters for the “Attendance Summary” Report

And there are several Report Variations available:

Variations (or Formats) of the “Attendance Summary” Report

Note that each Report Variation is simply reformatting the data in a different way. But they all work off the same data, based on the filters applied to the report. All Summary Reports work this way. Here’s an example Report Variation of the “Attendance Summary” report called “Attendance Detail”:

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Students Not Enrolled into Subjects

October 3, 2019

If you run a school with rolling admissions, where students can join in the middle of the semester, it might be helpful to run a report in QuickSchools to identify students who have not yet been enrolled into any subjects. So to facilitate this, we’ve created a new Summary Report called “Students Not Enrolled into Subjects/Sections”:

Running the report simply shows a list of students:

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Interventions App

October 2, 2019

We have just released the new Interventions app in the QuickSchools app store. This app allows you to track notes and files related to academic interventions for students:

You can also use this app to track notes or details on student information that may be specific to your school such as Immigration/VISA information, logging parent communications, etc.

When adding interventions you can track start/end dates, notes, attachments and intervention type:

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Privacy Shield

October 1, 2019

As an online software provider, the security and privacy of your data is super important. QuickSchools does not share your data with third party vendors without your expressed consent. To that effect, we have certified ourselves with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). Details below:

We are looking to certify with the Student Privacy Pledge too. You can see a current list of signatories here:

Expect to see us on this list of signatories in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or comments about our privacy policies, please feel free to chat with us, or send us an email.

New Release: Sprint E17

September 30, 2019

The latest Sprint E17 QuickSchools release are mostly minor improvements and bug fixes. Here’s a list: 

  • Display “School Roles” by default when “School Profile” initially loads
  • Move Intervention App to App Store (to be announced later this week)
  • Show Subject Abbreviation in Class Discussions (See below)
  • Labelling support for “Discipline” and Lesson Plan “Summary”
  • Move Delete function to bottom of Actions dropdown for Teachers and Students
  • Transcript Configuration for “4 Quarters rolled-up into 2 Semesters” bug fix
  • Transcript Option to “Hide current year/semester in progress” bug fix
  • Bug fixes to Messaging and Private Messaging (from previous Sprint)
  • Fixes to new Submit to Report Cards Function introduced in previous Sprint
  • Fixes to Axiom Integration Files for SFTP

Subject Abbreviation in Class Discussions

In line with previous improvements to show the Subject Abbreviation in Subject lists for Messaging, we’ve introduced the same change for the Class Discussion module:

Subject List includes Subject Abbreviation from Class Discussions

This is particularly important for teachers who teach multiple sections of the same subject, where the only way to differentiate 2 sections is by the subject abbreviation.