New Release – Jun 20, 2022

In today’s release, we continue to make security improvements, PLUS a mix of improvements to the Orchestra Master Scheduler, Online Forms, Fee Tracking, and the Report Creator, just to name a few.

New “Login History” under “Settings”

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Expand new “Scheduling Algorithm” in Step 4
  • Improve Debug logging in Step 4

Security Improvements

  • Login History for User (see above)
  • Include School Info in Email Notifications
  • Change sender for Email Notifications
  • Bug fix Email Notification when teacher is added/removed from a Role
  • Other General security improvements

General (Functional) Improvements

  • Limit how Form Packets can be accessed by Grade Level (see below)
  • Audit Trail History for Form Packet configuration changes (see below)
  • Option to receive email notification when a scheduled task is completed (see below)
  • Ability to schedule Summary Reports
  • Report Creator Data Definitions for Online Payment Transaction Fees and Attempted Amount on Failed Charges
  • Ability to preview Teachers’ Documents
  • Show Assessments from My WorkSpace
  • Disable Bulk Actions on Teacher for non-School Admin
  • Update API Resource for Zapier

General Bug Fixes

  • Fix Report Card when Gradebook Formulas are not used consistently across multiple academic terms
  • Bug Fix Email Notifications from Mobile

Beta Improvements / Fixes

  • Option to BCC with Mass Email Messaging
  • Option to hide “Upload Date” in Teachers’ Documents tab 
  • Student tab for Sign-In/Sign-Out history
  • Allow student to pay via ACH Only (i.e. Disable Pay via Credit Card)

Improvements to Online Forms

We’ve made a few improvements to the Online Forms module, namely:

  • Form packets can now be made specific to a grade level
  • View changes made to a Form packet

When configuring a Form Packet, you can now specify grade levels to show the entire form packet:

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Security Improvements

You may have received an email notification recently from QuickSchools letting you know about a new login to your account. This is a new security-related feature that was released recently. Basically, any time someone logs into your account either via a new IP address, or a new device, QuickSchools will send you an email notification.

Notification on “Login from New Device”

Recent Security Improvements

There are several other security-related features included in our recent release. In addition to new login, QuickSchools will also send out an email notification if you (1) change/reset your password, or (2) add/remove users to the School Admin role. Finally, with this new release, if you do change your password, anybody currently logged into your account will automatically be logged out.

If you notice any strange activity in your account, please change your password immediately. You should also contact your school’s administrative team, or contact QuickSchools support for assistance. We can help track down what might have happened to your account.

Security-Related Summary Reports

As a school administrator, you have access to Summary Reports that show user and login history. In particular, the “Portal Login History” Summary Report shows the history of all logins for any user in your school:

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New Release – May 31, 2022

Today’s release contains several security-related improvements PLUS a mix of improvements to a variety of modules that include Orchestra Master Scheduler, Admissions, Standard-Based Gradebook, Fee Tracking, and the Report Creator, just to name a few.

Improved Security with New Email Notifications

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Improve new “Scheduling Algorithm” in Step 4
  • Refresh list of Subject Areas when new subject area is added
  • Report Creator support for Day and Time in Bell Schedule

Security Improvements

  • Notification Email when logging in from New Device
  • Notification Email when School Admin user is added/removed
  • Notification Email when password is changed
  • Clear active sessions when password is changed

General (Functional) Improvements

  • Ability to relabel period names for Subject-Based and Period-Based Attendance (See below)
  • Ability to unselect radio button when taking attendance
  • Ability to schedule tasks for every other week (i.e. Bi-Weekly)
  • Reformat Student Name when converting Inquiry to Application (in the Admissions module), based on configured Student Name format
  • Report Creator support for (1) subject Custom Fields and (2) Online Payments
  • API Support for OAuth2

General Bug Fixes

  • Fix Subject line when using Email Template from the Admissions module
  • Fix Family Name tag when using Email Template from the Admissions module

Beta Improvements / Fixes

  • Bulk Charge Credit Card using Standard Charges (See Below)
  • Improve Search Student specifically by Student Name, Grade Level or Tag
  • Ability to hide “View Complete Record” from Student Portal
  • Ability to restrict deletion of Fee Tracking transactions to specific users/roles
  • Ability to disable “Add Standard” for teachers in the Standards-Based Gradebook
  • Ability to disable “Override Gradebook Settings” for teachers in the Standards-Based Gradebook
  • Ability to hide “Call Number” when creating new books in the Library App
  • Show Subject Abbreviation is Student Self-Enrollment History screen
  • REST API support for OneRoster v1.1
  • Improve framework for Integration via File Transfer (SFTP)

Relabel Attendance Periods

You can now relabel the period names for Period-based and Subject-based Attendance. Just click on the new “Customize Period Names” button under “Attendance” > “Settings”:

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New Release – May 9, 2022

Today’s release focuses primarily on the Orchestra Master Scheduler, with some general improvements to several modules and beta apps:

Step 5 “Breakdown by department” includes Rejection info

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Properly handle Current Grade vs. Next Grade
  • Improve support for Next Course when settings are imported from another Enrollment Period
  • New “Scheduling Algorithm” in Step 4 supports (1) Singleton vs. Remaining and (2) Distribute vs. Randomize
  • Include Rejection Info when showing the Completion Status “Breakdown by Department” in Step 5
  • Clear Rejections after restoring a Save Point
  • Add support for Rejection Reasons to Report Creator and Summary Reports
  • Bug fix – Record only ONE rejection per section and course requests
  • Bug fix – Disable “Distribute Students” in Step 5 for Weekly Schedule

General (Functional) Improvements

  • New Sign-In/Sign-Out Summary for Student Portal
  • Add support for Online Payments in Report Creator
  • Handle special characters properly in Subject Names
  • Trim Student Name when student profile is saved.

General Bug Fixes

  • Bug fix when adding Book Title with Special Characters into Library App
  • Bug fix when viewing the Student record after switching schools (for Group Schools)
  • Disable link from Standard-Based Gradebook to Report Cards when Standard-Based Gradebook is uninstalled
  • Bug fix Report Creator for Student Grade Level

Beta Improvements / Fixes

  • Support Self-Enrollment from Parent Portal
  • Add support for Private Messaging to Applicant Portal
  • Add support for Online Forms to Applicant Portal
  • Fix how HTML is rendered in Online Tests App

Sign-In / Sign-Out for Student Portal

We’ve create a new screen for students to view the Sign-In / Sign-Out records from the Student Portal:

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New Release – Apr 18, 2022

Today’s release focuses primarily on the Orchestra Master Scheduler, with some general improvements to several modules and beta apps:

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Refactor support for Pathways
  • Improve how Next Grade is handled with and without SIS
  • Improve grouping and sorting of courses in Step 1 Course Request Templates
  • New Tool tip in Step 2 for Student Portal Access
  • Support Weekly Schedule for Bulk Create Teams in Step 4
  • General improvements to Distribute function in Step 4
  • General improvements to Rejection Analysis in Step 4
  • General improvements to Allow Conflicts in Step 5
  • Move option to “Distribute vs. Randomize” to the “Scheduling Algorithm” in Step 5
  • Show Teacher Caseload in Step 5
  • Fix support for Low/High Grade when running Step 5
  • Add support Step 5 Optimize in Debug function
  • System Configurable Seeds for Step 5 Optimize (Beta)
  • Improve finalizing sections in Step 6 when academic term has not yet been activated
  • Improve tracking History of changes in the Enrollment Period
  • Add Course Conflict Levels to Report Creator

General (Functional) Improvements

  • Allow Administrators to Add Credit Cards for Online Payments
  • Simplified Schedule supports searching by Course Code
  • Display Refund Amount in Student Billing for Stripe Payment is refunded

General Bug Fixes

  • General improvements to the Fee Tracking “Unallocated Payments” screen
  • Bug fix for Simplified Scheduling to maintain search results after table is refreshed
  • Bug fix for handling Gradebook Formulas in Report Cards
  • Bug fix for handling Gradebook Categories when integrating with Canvas

Beta Improvements / Fixes

  • Add support for 8th Grade in new Transcripts and Graduation Requirements
  • Bulk Send Text Message from Self-Enrollment App
  • General improvements to Online Test app
  • General improvements to Audit Trail framework

Improvements to Online Payments

As you can see from the screenshot above, we’ve added the ability for administrators of the Fee Tracking module to add credit cards on behalf of students and parents. Credit Cards can then be charged individually and processed through Stripe.

In the near future, we’re looking to expand the Online Payments capabilities within QuickSchools. This includes the following:

  • Ability to Bulk Charge Credit Cards
  • Ability to schedule charging of Credit Cards
  • Expand support for ACH (Bank Transfer)
  • Payment Plan functionality
  • Shopping Cart functionality

If any of these features interest you, please let us know via Chat or Email. We’d love to hear your thoughts as we build these features further.