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PlusPortals Update: April 14, 2018

We are pleased to announce another update to the PlusPortals. This update contains several important enhancements and feature fixes:

  • The Course Requests export has been improved.
  • Announcements, Notifications, and Alerts are now easier for users to read.
  • New Year Transition Mode can be applied to teachers.
  • Incoming students transferring to another school in the district can now access their Course Request Forms in the new school.
  • The Count in Averages default settings in the TeacherPlus Management Site are now followed when teachers create assignments in the PlusPortals.
  • Teachers can add Class Files from the previous year.

The PlusPortals will be updated during the early morning (EDT), April 14, 2018.

Feature Enhancements

The Course Requests export only includes relevant courses by default.

Prior to this update, the Course Requests export included all courses on the course request form, whether a student, parent, or reviewer did or did not select and/or comment on the course. This led to the generation of a much larger file than necessary, as well as the need for the user to filter the spreadsheet on multiple columns to see which courses were selected and/or commented on by students, parents, or reviewers.

Now, the export will contain only the courses which have at least one selection or comment by a student, a parent, or reviewer. If it is necessary to see all courses in the export, select the Include courses with no selections or comments option before generating the export.

Note: This option's check box is clear by default.

The Course Requests export includes the date the form was submitted.

The addition of this field will be helpful for schools that approve requests in waves and give priority to students that submitted their forms earlier.

Prior to this update, the Course Requests and Course Form Status exports needed to be generated and compared/merged to accomplish this.

Announcements, Notifications, and Alerts are easier to read.

The dialog boxes that display Announcement, Notification, and Alert details have been enhanced for readability, and to support the larger character limits implemented in the February 1st, 2018 PlusPortals update.

Details Dialog Box

New Year Transition Mode can be applied to teachers.

An Active for teachers option has been added to the New Year Transition Mode section of the Manage Accounts > Settings area in the PlusPortals Management Site. When set to Yes, teachers will be able to log in to the PlusPortals but will be unable to see any scheduling information and will not be able to access TeacherPlus Gradebook through the PlusPortals.

The Restriction List feature has been relocated and saves faster.

The Restriction List feature has been moved from the Permissions > Summary area to the Manage Accounts > Settings area, as this is the area in which all other account related options are located.

In addition to this, the speed at which updates to the list save (when Save Restriction List is clicked) has been improved for schools adding large numbers of parents and students to the list.

Feature Fixes

  • Incoming students transferring to another school in the district will now be able to access their Course Requests Forms in the new school.

    Prior to this update, if a student was added to the Scheduling Year of the new school using the same PlusPortals username as their current school they were unable to access their role for the new school. This affected only students in schools that are connected by the PlusPortals District feature.

  • When teachers create assignments in the PlusPortals, the Count in Averages setting will now adhere to the defaults set in the General Settings > Columns area of the TeacherPlus Management Site.
  • Teachers can now add Class Files from the previous school year.

    Prior to this update, when a teacher attempted to add a file from the previous year the selection panel loaded perpetually.

  • Group Heads with teachers as Group Members will now be able to access the teacher’s Students tab for a class, based on the group’s permissions.

    Prior to this update, if non-teaching staff members (APIDs of ST301-600) attempted to access this tab an error was received.

  • Group Heads with teachers as Group Members will now be able to access the teacher’s schedule, based on the group’s permissions.

    Prior to this update, if a Group Head clicked on the View Schedule button for a teacher an error was received.

  • Announcements in the School Announcements group box on teachers’, parents’, and students’ home pages will now sort properly based on the school’s settings.
  • E-Mails can now be forwarded from the Archive folders.

    Prior to this update, an error appeared when a user attempted to forward an archived e-mail.

  • The delivery details for e-mails with large groups of recipients will now appear in the E-Mail Analytics > Activity area of the PlusPortals Management Site.

    Prior to this update, when loading the details screen for an e-mail, if there were more than several thousand records the records would not appear.

  • The start and end times for calendar events imported from .ics files will no longer be offset.

    Prior to this update, the event times were being offset by the number of hours between the school’s time zone and Universal Coordinated Time.