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    Special Attendance attention

    We have a Primary school that would like to flag up when a child does not attend. Other than a Comment red flag or a Report Card 'R' would not really be enough of a kick where this school is concerned.

    Does anyone have a similar problem and solution?

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    Isn't the BIG "O" good enough?
    You need to run a report or just do late letters.
    Or do you need it to color on screen or something.
    You could probably doctor one of the xsl templates to colour or boldify

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    Isn't the BIG "O" good enough?
    You need to run a report or just do late letters.
    Or do you need it to color on screen or something.
    You could probably doctor one of the xsl templates to colour or boldify
    I suspect that nothing short of a hand coming out of the monitor and slapping them awake would work in this particular school.

    I was skightly encouraged to see they are using Comments, so that may be the solution.

    Running reports etc. are a non-starter.

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    How about a panel, that appears on the homepage, for their group, is forced out by the system manager, and shows a list of all unauthorised absences for the day, or even a pie chart with a big red/yellow and blue areas for people that are off, which when doubled clicked shows them the list. It's like slapping yourself in the face, surely they can do that.

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    I'll take a look today, it really is one of our most challenging schools. But I'll do my best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikpaw View Post
    How about a panel, that appears on the homepage, for their group, is forced out by the system manager, and shows a list of all unauthorised absences for the day, or even a pie chart with a big red/yellow and blue areas for people that are off, which when doubled clicked shows them the list. It's like slapping yourself in the face, surely they can do that.
    After playing around I found that the Homepage Panel 'Attendance Summary Whole' shows Unauthorised Absences when clicking on the date icon. This might well work for them.

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    Good luck, it does do a pretty good job, just force it out, and get rid of other gumpf to save on power and speed.
    The date icon, will show a list of today and toggles back to the graph with whatever time frame you want. They can even have more than one.
    Couple that with some attendance based dynamic groups in Discover - as i believe they will send a message when membership changes, and you have a pretty nifty notification system. Discover might be overkill though.
    I still think scheduling or automating the lesson monitor / attendance reports would be really useful and it came up in another thread last week, so that might do the job.

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    They seem keen on the Homepage idea. Discover would kill the servers in our schools.

    We really have to keep it simple for this lot. That's why I wanted the easiest solution, not something I always go for. they had the ise they only put children's details on SIMS for the Censuses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    They seem keen on the Homepage idea. Discover would kill the servers in our schools. We really have to keep it simple for this lot. That's why I wanted the easiest solution, not something I always go for. they had the ise they only put children's details on SIMS for the Censuses.
    Do you not have a SIMS Partnership School near your area?

    These schools ought to be shown all the goodies they are missing out on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sivadam View Post
    Do you not have a SIMS Partnership School near your area?These schools ought to be shown all the goodies they are missing out on!
    We show them. We train them (free). They forget. They ignore. They can't be bothered. We try very hard, some brick wall can't be moved.

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    Discover shouldn't kill servers - the data is optimised for reporting. The front end can be heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal View Post
    Discover shouldn't kill servers - the data is optimised for reporting. The front end can be heavy.
    Sorry Phil, no blame here on Capita or Discover. Just the age of the servers. In computer years they are lucky to be alive.

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    Fair enough - suggests that SIMS might be a little slow then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilNeal View Post
    Fair enough - suggests that SIMS might be a little slow then!
    You could say that. We have managed to get most off of the server which was being used as a PC, but not all, in spite of how much it slows it down. Some schools are their own worst enemy.

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