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