multiple high schools sharing several class sections

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tmanetti
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multiple high schools sharing several class sections

Here's a challening problem:

 

We have 4 small high schools in our district that need to share a number of sections (mostly electives).  For example, all students can take band, but they must travel to the one school that offers that class.  In setting up our master schedule for next year, is there a way that just one school "hosts" the band section, and PowerScheduler will load students from the other schools that want that class?  The way we're doing it now, 3 of the schools have to each create a "dummy" or "placeholder" section for band, and then vacate those sections and enroll the students into the one "real" section at the school offering the course.  Is there a way to allow multiple schools to communicate with each other through PowerScheduler so that we don't have to set up all these "dummy" sections?

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Community Support Expert ScottS
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Re: multiple high schools sharing several class sections

Hi @tmanetti,

 

Thank you for posting your question in the PowerSchool Community.

 

PowerScheduler is only designed to work within the currently selected school, meaning that in your case since your students are taking remote enrollments for Band, PowerScheduler wouldn't be able to schedule directly into those remote sections.

 

That said, it sounds like the workaround that you're using (use PowerScheduler to enroll the students into temporary sections and then transfer them to the real section) is probably the best option in this situation, given your district's needs, for the time being. I have submitted an enhancement request for you since I think this would be a good feature to add to PowerScheduler if it's feasible.

 

Thank you,


Scott S.
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Community Support Expert ScottS
Community Support Expert

Re: multiple high schools sharing several class sections

Hi @tmanetti,

 

Thank you for posting your question in the PowerSchool Community.

 

PowerScheduler is only designed to work within the currently selected school, meaning that in your case since your students are taking remote enrollments for Band, PowerScheduler wouldn't be able to schedule directly into those remote sections.

 

That said, it sounds like the workaround that you're using (use PowerScheduler to enroll the students into temporary sections and then transfer them to the real section) is probably the best option in this situation, given your district's needs, for the time being. I have submitted an enhancement request for you since I think this would be a good feature to add to PowerScheduler if it's feasible.

 

Thank you,


Scott S.
PowerSchool Community Moderator
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tmanetti
Journeyman

Re: multiple high schools sharing several class sections

Thank you!

PowerSchool Champion
PowerSchool Champion

Re: multiple high schools sharing several class sections

We have the same situation at our five high school, the technical center and the alternative program.  Our students may attend one or more classes at any school other than their home school if the course they want is not offered at their home school.  We too, have to create "dummy" sections at all of our high schools for all of the technology courses as well as for many of the specialty courses offered at other high schools.  We then have to export the enrollment from the "dummy" sections into the real sections after we finish all of our commits.  It is a huge undertaking.  Every year our schools have to delete the dummy sections and recreate them the next year to keep from having issues with some of our integrations.  There has got to be a better way.

 

Thanks

Sandra

tmanetti
Journeyman

Re: multiple high schools sharing several class sections

Sounds like we can feel each other's pain.  It is a huge undertaking and it means the shared courses have to meet during pre-determined periods instead of letting the software pick the best period in the schedule.