We are building a new feature called Period Zero Attendance, or Daily-Equivalent Attendance. What this essentially means is that QuickSchools will track and report a daily attendance equivalent, based on period or subject-based attendance. This will be an optional feature for schools that track period or subject-based attendance.
How does it work?
Schools will continue to take attendance by period or subject. However, for every school day, each student will be marked with an equivalent daily attendance. So for example, if a student is marked present for 5 out of 7 periods, QuickSchools will convert this to a daily equivalent, based on certain rules. As a result, the student may be marked Present, Absent, Tardy or Half Day Present for the day.
This daily attendance will be stored in Period Zero (hence the name “Period Zero Attendance”). When reporting attendance, the system will use / display the Daily Attendance by default. And the period / subject attendance is merely recorded for tracking / informational purposes only.
How will the Daily-Equivalent be calculated?
By default, the QuickSchools will use the FIRST attendance record as the Daily Attendance. This means that if a student is absent for the first period, but present for the remaining periods, the student will be marked as Absent by default. An administrator can then change the Daily Attendance to Present or Half Day Present based on rules set by the school.
Later on, we will provide different default calculation methods. Some possible options we are considering:
Orchestra will maintain the same simplicity and ease-of-use that has been synonymous with the QuickSchools brand. You will find many common elements between the two brands to maintain consistency in the user experience and of course, Orchestra too comes included with our awesome Live Chat support.
New Orchestra Subscription Plan for Master Scheduler only, includes
New Login Page
Updated Footer and links
New Features Page
Display Section Assignments in Student and Parent Portals
New Printable Section Assignments PDF
Improve Course Catalog Importer to support updates
Other General Improvements
Email Templates from Student Profile (see below)
Automatically Match Courses in Google Classroom Course Mappings
Ability to disconnect to Google Classroom
System checks for existing emails for new Trial Sign-Ups
Miscellaneous Fixes when creating new Trial Accounts
Generic Importer for Tests & Assessments (BETA)
Custom Background Image (BETA)
Improve reporting on Lunch Ordering app (for Pending/Cancelled Orders)
Improve how announcements can be hidden
Improve display of transactions on Billing History page
Support Enrollment Date in Students API Resource
Continue Framework Improvements for Emails
Fix Non-School Days on Attendance Calendar for Group Schools
Fix Scheduled Google Classroom Sync
Fix Gradebook Template with Scale Score
Fix Displayed Date for Attendance Not-Yet-Taken Notifications (BETA)
Email Templates from Student Profile
We have long supported Email Templates, for various modules. We’ve not extended this support to the student record:
When accessing a student record, there is now a “Email Profile” link, that will allow you to use Email Templates to send emails. For more information on our Email Templating capability, check out the link below:
We understand how busy a Teacher’s day can get, and how this may lead to them forgetting to take attendance in QuickSchools. To resolve this, we now introduce a new feature — the Attendance Dashboard.
This feature is in BETA: If you would want this enabled for your school, please contact our Support Team.
This new feature would display the periods of a given day where attendance is Not Yet Taken. It is applicable for Homeroom, Period, or Subject-Based Attendance, and allow the Global Attendance Takers to either (1) Take attendance on behalf of the teacher; or (2) Send an Email notifying the teacher of the attendance yet to be taken.
To know more about our Attendance Dashboard feature, please see our Support Guide linked below: