Spider – AM/PM shown only for Form period – if ‘Build From Timetable’ is unticked

Available in Spider Version 2013.04.28.xxx and above.

PCSchool Spider Absence Entry view, if ‘Build from Timetable’ is unticked, will only allow teachers to mark the roll for AM or PM attendance periods when the ‘Form Subject’ is selected.Form Period

For other subjects (assigned to the student in Student Subject Information) teachers can mark the roll for numbered periods (Pd 1 to 12).Subject Period

Spider – Attendance Period Descriptions Display Heading and made sensitive to Year Level

Available in Spider Version 2013.04.24.xxx and above.

PCSchool Spider will now label the attendance periods with the ‘Heading’ rather than the ‘Time of Day’ .Period Headings

The Spider has also been made sensitive to the attendance period Year Level – displaying only those periods that are relevant to the student / class selected.Sensitive to Year Level




Spider Absence Entry V2 – not allowing second year to be selected for first period of double

Bug Fix available in Spider Version 2013.04.04.xxx or above.

Issue: School has several classes that are composite (consist of multiple year levels) with double periods in the timetable. Example:Composite Classes

Several teachers prefer to use the ‘Absence Entry V2’ control in Spider to mark the roll, however the system will allow them to select ‘Year 10’ and mark the attendance for the first period of the double lesson, but will not allow them to select ‘Year 9’ and mark the attendance for the first period of the double. Example:Composite Classes - Absence Entry V2

Solution: This issue has been resolved and a fix is available by updating to Spider Version 2013.04.04.xxx or above.

Spider – Student Attendance Codes are Sensitive to Caregiver

Available in Spider Version 2013.03.15.xxx and above.

PCSchool Spider is now sensitive to which absence records to be shown to care givers. Only those absences that are considered an ‘absence’ will be displayed to caregivers.Attendancecodes_xml

This feature has been implemented so that parents only see ‘true’ absences, as a student may be on a ‘school based activity’ – absent from the school campus, but still attending school for the day) and caregivers may find these codes misleading.

This change is controlled by a key in the Spider Configuration File which says “CAREGIVER_ABSENCESTATUS_FILTER”. If this is true, then only the above logic of filtering is applied.

Spider – Student Absence Review Improved

Available in Spider Version 2013.2.28.XXXX and above.

PCSchool has improved the ability for teachers to review student absences through the Spider. Now through the ‘Student Absence Review’ control and the ‘Absence Entry’/’Roll Marking’ control there is an additional [?] button that when clicked gives greater detail on the students absences.

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This gives the detail:28-02-2013 11-30-23 PM28-02-2013 11-30-48 PMIn the Absence Entry  or Roll Marking a similar [?] button can be found:28-02-2013 11-32-31 PM


Spider Security – Teacher Timetable

Available in Spider Version 2012.08.20.xxx and above.

PCSchool has implemented the teacher selection in TEACHER TIMETABLE. This is based on a security object that was released with a new version of pcschool.

 Security Object:

1106 – “Restrict timetable to user” – if the user has ACCESS to this object, then they cannot select other teachers in TEACHER TIMETABLE

 The new interface of TEACHER TIMETABLE as follows:

If the user has the security object then:

If not, the Teacher will see the screen below with the teacher selection drop down:

Enhanced Attendance Audit Report for New South Wales Schools

Available Followup 2011.2.0.668  Release 27/5/2012

PCSchool has altered the NSW Attendance Audit report to bring it  in line with the 2012 audit requirements for roll marking. We have now added the absence status in the Roll Report.

Attendance Roll Report

The printout is launched via Absence & Behaviour Reports

Launching the report

You can download the report files at

For SQL clients   Download and extract the .rpt file to \pcschool\reports\sql on your server

For Non SQL Clients    Download and extract the .rpt file to \pcschool\reports on your server

If you don’t see the report as an available Report Style then you will need to add it as below.

Adding the Report Style

If you are running the SQL version of this report and it runs but comes up with no data then firstly check your selection criteria. If OK then you may need to update some report engine files. Download here  Should this step be necessary download the file and extract contents to C:\Program Files\PCSchool\Programs or the directory from which you are launching the PCSchool Admin program.