New Release – Jan 25, 2021

Welcome back! This is the first release of 2021. Here are the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

Master Scheduler

  • Bulk Create Block Sections (based on Lecture-Lab combinations)
  • Bulk Remove Block Sections
  • Ability to adjust target limit for Step 5 Load
  • Bug fixes related to running Step 4 with orphaned sections

Google Classroom Synchronization

  • Improved support for teachers to synchronize individual courses
  • Bug fixes related to Timezone and Scale Score Formulas.

Other General Improvements

  • Automated emails for Online Form Submissions when status is changed
  • Automated emails for Online Payments
  • Improve Notification features for Assignments and Submissions
  • Improve support for shared addresses in Admissions module
  • Improve support when taking attendance from the Attendance Calendar on the Student record
  • New Importer for Subjects/Sections-Based Attendance
  • Extend timeout for large Stock Take in Library App
  • Bug fix when a school within a group is suspended and archived
  • Bug fix for Temperature App
  • Miscellaneous improvements to Summary Reports related to Attendance
  • Internal monitoring framework improvements

Automated Emails for Online Forms

If you’ve installed the Online Forms App, there is a new feature to allow you to automatically send out an email when the status of a submission changes. Check out the new Mail icon on the Submissions page (similar to the Mail icon for Gradebook):

New Status-Based Email Notifications for Online Forms

When you click on it, you’ll be able to customize an email that gets sent whenever a submission is changed to that status:

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2020 Year in Review

We’re now at the end of 2020, and what a challenging year it has been. As with previous years, it’s always good to spend a little time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and revisit what it means to be a technology provider for hundreds of schools around the world. And we hope our efforts here at QuickSchools will continue to make a positive and lasting impact to all our customers.

Online Learning

2020 has been particularly challenging due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. With that, we’ve focused our efforts towards providing and improving our capabilities for Online Learning. This includes:

One of our new goals moving forward is to provide a simple and easy to use Learning Management System (LMS) that’s in the style and spirit of QuickSchools. And we’ve had a blast developing this feature so far with your help and feedback.

Students can submit assignments online, and discuss submissions with teachers

Google Classroom Integration

Of all the Learning Management Systems (LMS) that we readily integrate to, Google Classroom has received a lot of attention, due to its cost-effectiveness and robust application. We’ve added many new features to simplify the way grades are transferred into QuickSchools:

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New Release – Dec 29, 2020

This is the 17th and last release of 2020. Most schools will be on break right now. We’re looking forward to a bright 2021, with awesome new features and improvements. As always, your feedback is important to us, so let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see in a future release.

But for now, here are the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

Master Scheduler

  • Fix Department Constraints
  • Enhance ways for setting up Course Offering
  • New function to Lock All Sections in Step 5
  • Show Periods that have been restricted via Constraints
  • Set Student Portal Course Requests as INACTIVE by default, when an enrollment period is activated.
  • Improve wording of certain phrases

COMING SOON: Temperature App

  • Store student temperatures
  • Customize Health Screening questions
  • Works with externally scanner

Other General Improvements

  • Administrator can charge credit cards from Family Billing (See below)
  • Increase size limit for files uploads not related to email messaging
  • Bug fix when uploading multiple files with the same name
  • Improvement to District/Group School, to support more data to be copied over when students / teachers are transferred between schools. 
  • Improve support for Name Formats when enrolling student from Online Forms 
  • Report Creator Support for Subject ID (used for data exports)
  • Report Summary Support for Gradebook Total Marks Possible
  • Improve support for adding/updating subject attendance from the student record
  • Support links in template descriptions for Transcripts
  • Fix labelling support for Homework
  • Fix App Store error when loading reviews linked to a deleted user.
  • Various improvements to server infrastructure
  • Various improvements to the test environment
  • Security login improvement (login counter and timeout)

Charging Credit Cards via Family Billing

In a previous release, we introduced the ability for administrators to charge credit cards that were entered via the Student and Parent Portals. However, this feature was only available for schools using Student Billing. We’ve now extended this functionality to also support Family Billing:

This feature can be enabled when you configure the Fee Tracking module as an administrator:

Temperature App

In response to the year of Covid-19, we are preparing a new Temperature App, that will allow schools to quickly record and track student temperature readings, along with responses to health screening questions that can be customized. Here’s a preview of what the app looks like:

When taking a student temperature, you can use the Custom Fields widget to create screening questions:

More details for this app will be announced soon. Do enjoy the rest of your December Break!

See You Next Year!

Live Chat Closed for Christmas and New Year

Our Live Chat Service will be offline starting 4 pm US Eastern Time (EST) on Thursday Dec 24 in observance of Christmas. We’ll be back online on Saturday at 8 am EST. Please leave us a message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can:

Likewise, our Live Chat Service will also be offline starting 4 pm US Eastern Time (EST) on Thursday Dec 31 in observance of New Years. We’ll be back online on Saturday January 2 at 8 am EST.

LMS Survey Results

Many thanks for those who participated in the recent LMS Survey. Your feedback helps us improve the QuickSchools product and services, to better suit your needs:

2020 Survey on the New QuickSchools Online Learning / LMS Capability

This survey in particular is to help guide the development of the Online Learning capability we are building within QuickSchools. We hope you’ll continue to participate in future surveys.

We wanted to give you guys a quick summary of the results of this survey, and share our plans moving forward.

Common Requests

There were several commonly requested improvements, such as:

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SSO via Google SAML

We recently announced that QuickSchools now provides Single Sign-On (SSO) functionality via the SAML protocol. This means that for schools on the Google ecosystem, you can use Google SAML as the Identity Provider (IDP), and have it manage users centrally.

QuickSchools Single Sign-On (SSO) via Google SAML

The SSO functionality is still in Private Beta, but schools can start using it at their own discretion. You will need to have the District (or Group) School feature enabled, in order to use this feature. We are looking for feedback to make the experience better. For more information on the new SSO functionality, you can check out this article:

https://blog.quickschools.com/2020/11/20/single-sign-on-sso-via-saml/

For Google SAML in particular, we’ve written up some quick notes on how to set it up (with screenshots and instructions). You can check it out on our support site here:

https://support.quickschools.com/hc/en-us/articles/360053886052

Please note that to set up Google SAML for your school, you will need a Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) account.

Let us know how it goes!

Half Day Attendance

QuickSchools is introducing a new status for Daily Attendance, called Half Day Attendance. So when taking daily attendance, you’ll see an additional option for “Half Day”.

New Half Day Option for Daily Homeroom-Based Attendance
NOTE: This feature is in Private Beta. Please request access by contacting QuickSchools Support.

Where do these changes apply?

The new Half Day status only applied to Daily Attendance. So anywhere you expect to be able to add / edit Daily Attendance, you should now see an option for Half Day.

Student Attendance tab

There is a new legend (and color) for Half-Day Attendance:

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