PCSchool now allows schools to hide the various tabs within the Student Information View in Spider. This means, for example, that you can hide the Medical Conditions tab or Special Needs tab from students when they enter the Student Information View in Spider.
Options to hide the various tabs are found in the Administration control – Update Configuration File in the Spider.
PCSchool allows schools to select which Absence Code / Status to use as the shortcut buttons in the Roll Marking / Absence Entry screen in Spider. The Spider will pick up the first four codes from the attendancecodes.xml file found in the PCSchool\Documents folder on the server.
To change the codes or the order of the codes simply open the attedancecodes.xml file in note pad and re-arrange the codes so that the four you want as default buttons are at the top. NOTE: The NM button for ‘Not Marked’ is hard coded and can not be removed.
First four (4) codes in XML file will show as buttons in Spider Absence Entry.
PCSchool has added the ability to make the absence status drop down list in Absence Entry ‘Read Only’ or ‘Hidden’.
This option can be used by schools who want teachers to be restricted to selecting from four status buttons when marking the attendance roll ( for example Not Marked, Unexplained, Present, Late for Class and one other), while the teachers can still see the other statuses entered in by the Back Office staff / Attendance Officer it will be in ‘Read Only’ mode.
Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
PCSchool has added new keys to the Spider Configuration file as follows:
Disable ‘Change Password’ – Change password option can now be ‘hidden’ with the use of a new Spider Configuration key of “ENABLE_CHANGEPASSWORD”. This option can be used by schools who have alternate methods for changing user passwords, such as through a Single Sign On Interface. Set the key to FALSE to disable / hide the ‘Change Password’ option at the top of the Spider screen.
View Student Info from Absence Entry – Absence Entry control has now been enhanced to enable teachers to view the Student Information control for students in their class by simply clicking on their name in the roll. This option can be enabled with the use of a new Spider Configuration key of “SHOW_STUDENTINFO_FROM_ABSENCEENTRY”. Set the key to TRUE to activate this option.
Enable Email Authentication – Email Authentication can be set to use the default setting in Spider Configuration file when sending out bulk emails from Spider (such as Parent Teacher Interviews) but the addition of a new configuration key will prompt individual teachers to enter in their personal email authentication details when sending out emails emails to students / caregivers from within Spider. This option can be enabled with the use of a new Spider Configuration key of “LOAD_DEFAULT_EMAIL_AUTHENTICATION”, a value of FALSE will require teacher enter authentication.