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Planned Outage – Mar 21, 2020

March 18, 2020

We have another planned outage this Saturday, on March 21, 2020. We will be updating our hardware infrastructure to improve general performance and availability. This update requires that some of our servers be taken offline.

The outage will begin at midnight US Eastern time (or 9 pm US Pacific Time on Friday March 20), and will last up to 9 hours. If we’re able to complete the update earlier, the QuickSchools service will be brought back online immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support staff via email or chat.

Have a safe March Break!

Planned Outage – Mar 14, 2020

March 11, 2020

We have a planned outage this Saturday, on March 14, 2020. We will be updating our hardware infrastructure to improve general performance and availability. This update requires that some of our servers be taken offline.

The outage will begin at midnight US Eastern time (or 9 pm US Pacific Time on Friday March 13), and will last up to 9 hours. If we’re able to complete the update earlier, the QuickSchools service will be brought back online immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support staff via email or chat.

Have a safe March Break!

Class Discussions as a mini-LMS

March 10, 2020

With the COVID-19 (a.k.a. The Coronavirus) affecting so many people everywhere, schools are contemplating temporary closures to help thwart the spread of the virus. Long closures can really be disruptive, and schools are looking for ways to continue providing education for students on the QuickSchools platform while schools are closed. One such way is Online Learning.

Online Learning is typically in the domain of Learning Management Systems (LMS), which has a completely different set of features as compared to a Student Information System (SIS). And we’ve discussed this extensively in previous articles.

Adopting a new LMS can also be challenging, and requires strong commitment for the school. In the long run, adopting an LMS has many benefits, but it also introduces complications to your day-to-day processes. If you do decide on adopting an LMS, we recommend selecting one that readily integrates with QuickSchools. Check out some of of the following systems:

However, if you’re looking for a quick-and-easy temporary solution, just to tide you over, you might want to try using our Class Discussions module. QuickSchools is NOT an LMS, but we are slowly developing some basic LMS features for schools that need something simple to use, without necessarily adopting a whole separate program.

For example, you can post homework assignments, links and videos to a particular class/subject, and students can interact with other members of the class via a chat-like interface.

Teachers can select a class that they’re teaching, and review/post comments from all students. Teachers can also send out an email notification when a thread/topic is created:

Class Discussions for Teachers

Students can review/comment on posts from all subjects in glance. All threads and comments are arranged in chronological order. Each thread is labelled to indicate which subject it’s for:

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Chinese Language Support

March 9, 2020

Quickschools has rolled out support for the Chinese language, as we see the number of users who know Chinese continue to grow on our system.

To change your user interface to Chinese: please log in to Quickschools, click Language at the bottom of the page, then select Simplified Chinese in the drop-down:

The user interface will then be translated to Chinese:

Let us know your experience! We’d be glad to hear your feedback. 

What language do you want us to support next? Please let us know!

New Release – Mar 4, 2020

March 4, 2020

As mentioned in our previous release, our primary engineering focus is to address bugs and improve the general experience using QuickSchools. So here are the latest improvements:

Major Improvements

  • Limited release to restore “Print (In Order)” for Report Cards (See below)
  • Report Creator support for calculated fields in Transcripts (See below)
  • Online Payments now supports Canadian Dollar (See below)
  • Expanded API support for iOS and Android Apps

General Bug Fixes / Improvements

  • Improve how Period Names are configured in Scheduling module
  • Fix Email Alert for Fee Tracking module
  • Fix transaction date for Fee Tracking Importer
  • Fix error accessing notifications from a deleted user
  • Fix error displaying Formula Marks in Report Cards when grades are submitted from Gradebook
  • Fix error saving Student record when Sibling feature is disabled
  • Fix error sorting fees from Parent and Student Portals
  • Improve support for displaying only relevant teacher info on Parent and Student Portals
  • Report Creator support for Subject Credits
  • Super User App supports Custom Domain
  • Sign-Up Page now includes a new field for School Type
  • Miscellaneous improvements for QuickBooks Integration

Report Card Print (In Order)

The report card “Print (In Order)” function has been disabled for quite some time now. We are now rolling out this feature in a limited capacity. If you’d like to use this feature, please submit a request to our support team, and we’ll enable:

Report Card “Print (In Order” function

We’ll be doing some additional testing to make sure this feature works well, after which we’ll be releasing this feature to all schools. 

Reporting on Custom Transcripts

The Report Creator can now report of fields that have been configured on your Transcripts template. This is particularly useful for schools that have a custom template with custom calculations:

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Online Form Reports

February 17, 2020
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Quickschools is now including several new Summary Reports for the Online Forms app:

  • Missing Online Forms
  • Online Form Submissions
  • Paid Online Form Submissions

Please note, you can still generate your own custom reports using the Report Creator app.

The Online Form app is often used for online student re-registration. During this process, administrators need visibility into students who have NOT submitted the re-registration forms, so they can follow up with students and/or parents before the due date. Administrators can also use the report to track existing entries, including students who have started but have not submitted their forms. The reports below provide these information:

  • Missing Online Forms – lists students who haven’t submitted the forms for a particular Form Packet.
  • Online Form Submissions – lists the students who have started and/or submitted forms for a particular Form Packet

The Online Forms app also allows schools to collect fees on submission, and the Paid Online Form Submissions report lists payment information for each submission.

To enable these reports, just go to MY APPS and click Configure in the Online Forms app. Enter the role or user who can access the reports.

Once enabled, users can go to the Reports tab to run the Online Form reports.

New Release – Feb 11, 2020

February 11, 2020

As mentioned in our previous release, our primary engineering focus is to address bugs and improve the general experience using QuickSchools. So here are the latest improvements:

Major Improvements

  • Reminder to Activate Academic Term
  • Blank Screen / Clear Cache Issue
  • Customizable Auto-Logoff Feature by School
  • Expanded API support for iOS and Android Apps

General Bug Fixes / Improvements

  • Fix error logging in when multiple academic terms are activated at the same time
  • Fix Attendance Indicator for Subject Attendance
  • Fix NULL that appears in Recipient Lists
  • Fix “Check In” filter for Library App in Report Creator
  • Fix “Date” filter for Gradebook module in Report Creator
  • Fix Table Preferences for Report Cards Criteria List
  • Fix To Do list support on Firefox
  • Fix disappearing access to Attendance for Homeroom Teachers
  • Bug fix when migrating Attendance Settings with Master Scheduler enabled
  • Bug fix for checking out books across multiple sites (in Library App)
  • Bug fix when deleting custom role still linked to teachers and staff
  • Bug fix when permanently deleting students with admissions application
  • Bug fix when using Admin Columns with Term Grades
  • Disable Attendance on Holidays for Staff users
  • Expanded Transcripts support for custom calculations using credits
  • Expanded App Store support for restricting access to modules
  • Expanded Color Scheme support for links
  • Support for Course Request Importer to exclude deleted students
  • Support for printing period start/end times in Master Scheduler PDF
  • Cosmetic fix to Parent/Siblings tab on Parent and Student Portals

Please note: We recently changed the out-going number for text and voicemails. We will soon be changing this to a 5-digit short code to avoid the Error Code 30007 (Carrier Filtering). We’ll keep you guys updated on this, as improvements are made.