Skyward Updates: Winter 2019#Product Updates
SMS 2.0 Student
Performance levels for subjects and skillsTurn the gradebook into a colorful analytic tool. This update is built specifically for standards-based grading. Administrators can set up an ELP identification scale. Teachers then identify the skills and standards considered for the preset scales.
Teachers see a color-coded view to identify at a glance which students have mastered the standard and who might be struggling. This view also makes it easy to see which standards are universally challenging in case they need to be readdressed.
Seating chart reportBy popular demand, administrators are now able to print a seating chart from the current scheduling reports. Administrators can choose to print seating charts for a single classroom or a range of classes. Options include printing the student’s grade, school, student indicators, and picture. Whether principals would like to get to know faces and names during a new school year or there’s last-minute prep work for substitutes needed, being able to quickly print a seating chart without logging in as the classroom teacher saves time and effort.
Manage food service more efficientlyTwo newly released options help you manage food service more efficiently. The first eliminates the need for duplicate entry of district information when a new entity is configured for Food Service Online Applications. Now, it’s possible to select information to clone from one entity to the next, including the online application setup.
When families apply for food service, approval letters are generated. Now, rather than printing and mailing letters, they can be posted to Family Access. Districts may elect to post or print, or they can do both.
SMS 2.0 Business
Enhancements to check request approval processThe process of requesting checks and the approvals required to complete the payment have been enhanced in three ways:
Account group approval: Account group approvals require an approval from those responsible for managing spending out of specified accounts (grants, for example). When one of these accounts are used, the check request is automatically routed to the appropriate approver(s) in addition to the regular chain of approval.
This functionality already existed for Purchasing Requisitions, Credit Cards, and Expense Reimbursements. It can now be applied to Check Requests as well.
Approve and reroute: During the approval process, approvers can “tag in” another person to take a look at it outside of the normal review chain. These special reviews will show in the records of the approval process. For example, a one-off request for a laptop purchase could be run through a department approval chain but rerouted to the tech department for approval along the way.
Auto-approvals based on group rules: Requests can be approved automatically when requested by certain people OR if the request is under a certain dollar amount. This functionality is more commonly used when only large expenditures require a supervisor’s approval. For example, a superintendent’s approval may only be required for items over $5,000. It’s imperative to check your policies about approving expenditures before using an auto-approval process.
Mobile timesheet submissionAllow employees to approve timesheets on-the-go, while taking timekeeping rules into consideration. Now, employees don't have to locate a computer or a timeclock to submit timesheets—they can submit them from anywhere using their mobile phone. This functionality is a huge perk for employees who are on vacation or on leave.
Even if employees have multiple supervisors, they can select which one to approve each pay code on the time sheet. Defaults are then saved for the next submission. Administrators may also require employees to select a preset reason for timesheets over or under hours. We will continue to add to this functionality with other timekeeping considerations.