SchoolInsight makes it easy for admins to roll over to the upcoming academic year. Yearly rollover can be divided into two parts:
- Tasks that can be done before the end of the current academic year
- Tasks that will need to wait until the current academic year has ended
Although admins do not have all the data to completely setup the next academic year, it is highly recommended to start setting up the next academic year as early as possible. Most schools start this process in February or March. This gives the admin more time to distribute the work into smaller tasks instead of having a rushed sprint right before the new academic year starts.
Academic Year and Calendars
Admins start the yearly rollover by creating the new academic year and setting it as a future year. While creating the year, the admin selects which data and setup to copy over from the current year to reduce the amount of work that follows. Setting the new academic year as future keeps data in this academic year hidden from parents, students, and teachers while this data is still being worked on. For example, you may set a temporary student schedule that is not necessarily the final one; consequently, you would not want the students to see this temporary schedule.
For articles relating to managing the academic year and calendars, please see the following:
- How Do I Create a New Academic Year?
- How Do I Choose The Status Of An Academic Year?
- How Do I Create A New Calendar?
While the new academic year is created, admins have the option to copy over the current year’s grading periods. If you would like to make changes to the grading periods in the future year, then instead of copying the current grading periods create new ones.
For articles regarding grading periods, please read the following:
Promoting and Managing Students
Before the end of the current academic year students are typically promoted to the next one. After the end of the year, you will revisit the student enrollment to add new students and demoted students.
When promoting students before the school year begins, admins will not want to input exit description/date information. Once the year ends, the admin can mass edit the students to put in that information.
Please reference this articles to learn how to promote students:
While courses are not tied to a specific academic year like classes are, it is a good idea for admins to review their courses during the yearly rollover process. It may be necessary to create a new course that will be offered next year or inactivate courses that will no longer be offered.
The following articles will help you manage the course catalog:
Copy SBL Groups and Learning Targets
If using Standards-Based Learning (SBL), Admins will need to copy over learning targets to the future academic year.
The following article explains the process of copying learning targets:
Admins can copy classes and sections over from one year to the next and make adjustments as needed. This can save you a great deal of time when compared to creating all the classes from scratch.
The following article will help you to copy classes:
Between the end of one academic year and the first few days of the new on, the admin gets more information that could be added or updated in SchoolInsight. Here you will learn what data you can update or add during that time in order to have a successful start of the new academic year.
Managing Admin and Instructor Accounts
Admins manage staff changes by making previous employees inactive and creating new accounts for new employees to preserve data entered by previous staff.
The following links will provide you with information about staff management:
- How do I add an instructor or an admin?
- How do I handle an admin leaving the school?
- How do I handle an instructor leaving the school?
After the end of the academic year, and leading to the start of the new year the student enrollment is finalized. You will be able to add new students and handle the students who are not returning after the summer break.
The following articles will help you manage students data in the new year:
- How Do I Handle Students Who Should Be Retained?
- How Does An Admin Create A Student?
- How Do I Mass Edit Student Information?
- How Do I Handle Students Who Aren’t Returning To My School Next Year?
- How Do I Assign Homeroom Instructors To Their Students?
- How do I import students?
Lunch Food Items Rollover
Once the academic year has ended, admins should copy over food items to the next year. It is recommended that you review all food items and make any pricing adjustments that are needed.
Please refer to this article for further reading on copying food items:
Sometimes, students will have positive account balances at the end of the academic year. By rolling over the account balance into the next academic year, it will reconcile the current year’s balance.
Please refer to the following article for further reading:
Copy Report Card
Admins can also copy over the report card and report card item lists to the next academic year. Then, the admin can make any adjustments to the report card or report card item lists as needed.
For further information on how to copy report cards to future academic year, please read the following:
Finalize Student Schedules
Once the schedule is finalized, admins can add students to class rosters individually or by copying a whole class roster to another class.
Please refer to the following articles regarding class rosters:
- How do I add students to a class roster?
- How do I copy a roster from one class to another?
- How do I assign cycle days?
If you have setup custom reports that point to specific academic years, and you need to run them for the new academic year, then you need to update them as described below: