In addition to manually assigning students to classes via the Mass Class Assignment tool, users can automate the process of assigning students to classes using the eSchoolData Sectioner.
The eSchoolData Sectioner uses Course Requests to section students into classes, so course requests must be entered for EACH student who is to be scheduled. Districts can use any, or all, of the following options to enter course requests:
- Course Requests for Individual Students
- Course Requests for Multiple Students
- Teacher Recommendations
- Parent/Student Portal Requests
Course requests are typically entered one course at a time. The Course Request Group tool allows users to assign multiple course requests to students in a single transaction. Selecting a Course Group on a course request entry screen allows users to enter one request for all of the courses within the group, saving time and reducing errors.
Example: A “Grade 9 Core Courses” Course Group allows the English, Math, Social Studies, and Science courses typically taken in grade 9 to be selected in one request (instead of four separate requests).
When a Course Group request is saved, the courses in the group are added as individual requests. Users can then modify the individual course requests as needed for the student.
As needed, districts can define Course Request Pre-Requisites: both Narratives (English description) and Rules (logic parameters). A list of students meeting the defined Course Pre-Requisite Rules can be generated.
When schools allow parents and/or students to enter Course Requests from the Parent Portal and/or Student Portal, the defined Course Request Pre-Requisite Rules will alert the student if they do not meet the defined course pre-requisites, and allow them to enter a Comment requesting consideration.