New Release – Nov 22, 2021

This release primarily focuses on framework improvements for our Alpha and Beta features. This includes our Learning Management System (LMS), our Dashboard capability, and Audit Trail. We will be making more framework and system improvements towards the end of the calendar year.

New “Next Course” Scheduling Algorithm which will schedule students into sections based on the previous enrollment period / semester

We’ve also taken this opportunity to improve the Orchestra Master Scheduler, and include a few miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements. Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools upgrades:

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Support remove Caseload during Import
  • Fix Teacher Caseload when copying to a new Enrollment Period in Step 1
  • Improve Save Point functionality for large schools
  • Refresh screen after Restore Save Point
  • Fix table misalignment in Step 4
  • New “Next Course” algorithm in Step 5
  • Fix loading sections in Step 5 for large schools

LMS Framework Improvements (Alpha)

  • My Workspace Chat
  • Online Testing

School Dashboard (Beta)

  • New KPI Widget
  • Auto-load Dashboard Screen
  • Miscellaneous Dashboard improvements

General (Functional) Improvements

  • Support Synchronize to Canvas based on start/end dates for active term
  • Improve performance for Google Classroom Integration
  • Improve Support Pre-Enrollment in API Resource for Zapier
  • Rename “Reference Number” to “Access Code” in Online Forms
  • New reportable fields for Health App in Report Creator
  • General Improvements to the Students screen
  • Improve client-side logging

Other Private Beta Improvements

  • Audit Trail Improvements
  • Filter Transcripts by Grade Level

School Dashboard

We started developing the School Dashboard a couple of years ago. This dashboard is based on the Report Creator framework. However, this initiative never really got off the ground due to competing priorities. We’re currently restarting this initiative by introducing a few minor improvements. 

You can now specify ONE of your Dashboards as the primary dashboard, so that when user access the “Dashboard Home” menu, the primary dashboard will load up automatically:

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New Release – Nov 1, 2021

In this release, we made some improvements to the overall usability of the QuickSchools application (see “UI (User Flow) Improvements” below). We’ll be making more of these improvements in upcoming Sprints, in addition to our usual feature improvements, security updates and bug fixes.

Report Card Likert now supports check marks

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Support Copying Frequency when importing settings from previous enrollment period
  • Hide the “Activate” button for non-SIS configuration
  • Optimize Step 4 “Clean-Up” function
  • Improve Summary Report support for Bell Schedule for multiple Enrollment Periods

UI (User Flow) Improvements

  • New icon to minimize the top menu
  • New Bulk Action icons for tables
  • Sortable indicator when mousing over table header
  • Ability to crop images when uploading student profile images

General (Functional) Improvements

  • Add support for Categories to Fee Tracking Invoices – (See below)
  • Support check marks when using Likert in Report Cards (Image above)
  • Re-label Attendance Sub-menus
  • Improve payment flow from Student/Parent Portal
  • Improve performance when bulk sync transactions with Stripe
  • Zoom Security Enhancements
  • Miscellaneous security improvements to internal log files
  • Mobile API Support for Student Message Board and Parent Message Board

Minor Bug Fixes

  • Fix homeroom name when taking attendance by alternate homeroom teacher
  • Fix Billing Address on Account page
  • Bug Fix delete student with duplicate course requests
  • Bug Fix Add/Edit Sections
  • Bug Fix login via active session
  • Bug Fix sorting of grade levels in Attendance Settings
  • Bug Fix exclude students dropped by sections in Mass Messaging
  • Bug Fix graphing for Report Creator

Private Beta Improvements

  • Expanded access for students and parents to access Student Documents
  • Override Start/End Dates for Attendance by Grade Level
  • Bug Fix display correct Unallocated Amount in new Unallocated Amount screen

Some highlights below:

UI (User Flow) Improvements

We’ve made a few general improvements to our UI framework, which will hopefully improve the general experience for all our users.

There’s a new icon where you can minimize the top menu:

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Mini Release – Oct 18, 2021

Although we had a release last week, today’s release is to consolidate framework changes we’ve been making on our new Orchestra Master Scheduler. We also took this opportunity to piggy back some minor improvements.

Master Scheduler Step 5 now has expanded headers for Academic Term and Day

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Weekly Schedule now supports Scheduling Algorithms
  • Reinstate support for Optimize to Weekly Schedule
  • Fix Distribution Algorithm across all periods for Weekly Schedule
  • Show Semester and Days in Step 5
  • Bug fix when importing Course Requests without Teacher ID

Other Improvements

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New Release – Oct 11, 2021

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

Online Forms App now displays email address for submissions

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Copy Constraints from Step 3 for new Enrollment Periods
  • Copy Schedule from Step 4 for new Enrollment Periods
  • Support Optional Teacher for Course Requests
  • Fix Delete Student with Course Request
  • Import Teacher Caseload in Step 1
  • Bug Fix for Weekly Schedule when Frequency and Days is not configured in Step 1
  • Ability to bulk delete Course Request via Import in Step 2
  • Save Pagination Settings in Step 4
  • Ability to bulk delete Course Request by Import Date in Step 6
  • “External ID” and “Caseload” are now reportable in Report Creator

Online Form Improvements

  • Display Email Address in list of Online Form Submissions
  • Ability to search Online Form Submissions by Email Address
  • Disallow Applicants from creating multiple submissions with the same email address
  • Allow Applicants to retrieve forgotten Reference Number
  • Allow Administrators to upload Documents to Online Forms, regardless of Submission Status

General Improvements

  • Allow parents to enter “Notes” when paying online (Beta) – (See below)
  • Ability for teachers to configure default attendance (Beta) – (See below)
  • Retain Google Classroom Mappings when activating a new academic term
  • Ability to export transactions from Lunchroom App
  • Support Announcement by Subscription Plan
  • Fix Calculation of Totals in Lunch Ordering App for Parents
  • Fix Timezone Bug for Homeroom-based Attendance Notifications
  • Fix Disabling the Student Portal when the modules is disabled
  • Fix overlapping video tutorial on page footer
  • Bug fix for Custom PDF Templates
  • Bug Fix Report Cards for students who are unenrolled in the middle of the year
  • Restrict upload of certain file types
  • “Class ID” and “Has Graduated” are now reportable in Report Creator
  • New data definitions for Summary Reports
  • API Improvements for Temperature App on Mobile
  • API Improvements to Students Resources so support Pre-Enrollment
  • General Framework Improvements

Some highlights below:

Notes for Online Payments from Parents

When parents make payment online, we can enable a new “Notes for School” text field:

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New Release – Sept 20, 2021

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

View Teacher Availability for a Specific Course when reviewing Sections in Step 4

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Support Caseload Limit in Step 1: “Configure Teachers” (See below)
  • Bug Fix Weekly Schedule when “Days” is left blank in Step 1: “Configure Courses”
  • Ability to adjust target from Step 2: “Course Requests by Course”
  • Bug Fix calculation of Number of Sections in Step 2: “Course Requests by Course”
  • Show Teacher Availability in Step 4: “Schedule”
  • Display total when showing Breakdown by Department in Step 5: “Load Students”
  • Cosmetic improvements to Step 5: “Load Students”
  • Bulk Send Section PDF in Step 6
  • General refinements to the Weekly Schedule feature
  • Bug fix remove course requests when students are deleted in bulk

General Improvements

  • Ability to customize general PDF templates (Private Beta)
  • Ability to customize general email templates (Private Beta)
  • Improve Semester Activation function to include the following options (See below):
    • Do not copy subject
    • Copy subject without teachers
    • Copy subject without student enrollments
  • Migrate Subject Custom Fields when activating a new semester (See below)
  • Support Custom Fields when importing Subjects
  • Support Read-Only access to general Report Cards for non-administrators
  • Support multiple active Report Cards when submitting grades from Gradebook
  • Support separate First and Last name for Submitter in Online Forms (See below)
  • General Improvements and API Support for the Temperature App
  • Bug Fix Class Discussions dropdown filter for Semester
  • Bug Fix BCC when sending Email Templates from the Admissions module
  • Bug Fix “All Not-Yet-Taken” setting for Attendance Notification Dashboard (Private Beta)
  • Minor Bug Fix for Daily Period Zero Attendance
  • Server Security Updates

Some highlights below:

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