School years are central to organizing data in SchoolTool. Before you start setting up the rest of the school, you must start with a school year.
A school year encompasses the annual cycle of a school. For example, most students are promoted at the end of a year. Most new teachers start work at the beginning of the year. Terms must be contained within years.
The school year does not have to correspond to a calendar year, and may be defined to suit the processes of your school. It is best to set this up so that every date is part of one school year or another. School years cannot overlap.
If this does not fit the structure of your school, you can simply create a single Year that spans three or more calendar years. It is likely that by the time that Year expires, we’ll have come up with a revised model for schools that don’t work within individual years.
Setting up a Year is necessary for just about any use of SchoolTool, and it is easiest through the web interface.
As a member of Site Managers click the School tab at top. On a new installation, the page will look like this:
Click the Add: School Year link in the sidebar, enter the Title for the Year and the start and end dates, and hit Submit. Keep the title as short as possible, because it is used as a link frequently. When you click on the date field, a calendar widget will appear to help you choose the day.
When setting up the start and end dates, remember that Years cannot overlap.
Your new Year. If you click on the yellow pencil icon next to the title, you can edit the information for the Year:
Done will take you to the list of Years:
The main School tab now shows your Year set up along with relevant links and statistics:
Note that under Groups, both Clerks and Site Managers have one member – the “Default Manager” user.