July 2020 Client Digest

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July 2020

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Features Coming Soon | Veracross Connect Sessions
Recent Updates | Veracross University

Summer greetings! As you have been preparing for a variety of reopening scenarios, we have been spending time listening and adjusting our own plans to help you be as prepared as possible for different scenarios. In this month's digest, I'd like to highlight a few recent developments and look ahead to what we have planned in the coming weeks:

We remain grateful for the feedback we have received as we have talked with so many of you. If you'd like to connect, please fill out this form and we'll be in touch

Jessica Wallis
Vice President of Product Management

New Features Coming Soon

August is shaping up to be a very busy month!

Cohort Records

Actually, this feature is available today! In our ongoing effort to help you better manage complex scheduling scenarios this fall, particularly cohorts or pods of in-person and remote learners, we are rolling out a new cohort record type in Veracross. It is a way of modeling the answer to the question, "When will a particular group of students be expected to attend classes in person and when will they be expected to attend remotely?"

Read more about cohorts

Simple COVID Screening Form

Many of you are planning on implementing some sort of health screening form as a prerequisite to returning to campus. In August, we will roll out a simple screening form you that can deploy in your parent and student portals. Each form will present questions aligned with current CDC guidelines. Keep an eye out for the update in August.

A preview of the COVID screening form.

New Academic Document Publishing Workflow

We are rolling out a new way to publish academic documents — generally, report cards and progress reports — at the end of each grading period. This new process gives you significantly more control over how and when you publish your documents to the parent and student portals. You will use this new process when you publish your first progress report or report card in the 2020-2021 school year.

Read more about the forthcoming academic document publishing workflow.

Updating Pronoun Selection Interface

To make interacting with pronouns more inclusive in Axiom and the household profile update (HPU) in portals, we will update the title of the "Pronoun Override" field to simply "Pronouns."

Upcoming Veracross Connect Sessions

Veracross Connect is running virtually this year! Check out these sessions coming in July as well as the recordings of those that have already run. All times are EDT (GMT-4).

Admissions Sessions

  • Re-envisioning Your Applicants’ Journey (Part 2): Lessons Learned from Spring Virtual Visits
    August 4, 2020 at 11am Eastern Time (Register)
  • How Durham Academy Designed an Application Process with their Families in Mind
    August 11, 2020 at 1pm Eastern Time (Register)
  • Re-envisioning Your Applicants' Journey (Part 4): Strategies for Effective Communication in a COVID-19 World
    August 25, 2020 at 1pm Eastern Time (Register)
Fundraising Sessions
  • Fundraising and COVID-19 (Part 1): Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Your School's Development Revenue
    Aug 20, 2020 1:00 PM Eastern Time (Register)
  • Fundraising and COVID-19 (Part 2): Using Targeted Outreach to Meet Revenue Goals
    Aug 27, 2020 1:00 PM Eastern Time (Register)
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Recent Product Updates

In June, we squashed 17 bugs and published 4 enhancements. Here is a highlight of recent product updates. Find them all at Learn Veracross.

  • Virtual Meeting URL Column in the Class Data Import Type: You may remember that, in response to the COVID-19 situation, we introduced a Virtual Meeting URL field to class records back in March 2020. We've now included a column for this field in the Class Data import type. This value should be the URL of the virtual meeting for this particular class.
  • Self-Service Close School Year Procedure: This was a big one! With the end of the academic year comes the need to close the school year in Veracross. The "traditional" workflow was that you would review various data questions outlined in documentation, then submit a ticket in our support portal, at which point our engineers would run a series of scripts that closed the year. Indeed, many of you have already completed this process for the 19-20 school year. But now, we have a new self-service "close school year" procedure accessible right in Axiom. This means that you can close your own school year in Veracross.
  • "Obsolete" Flag on Alternate Block Schedules: In our ongoing effort to help schools better manage complex scheduling scenarios this fall, we've added the ability to mark alternate block schedules obsolete. This enhancement allows you to simplify your list of active alternate block schedules and reduce time spent scrolling through the dropdown when applying an alternate block schedule.
  • Adding and Removing People To and From Security Roles: Adding and removing security roles isn't generally a daily task, but when it comes up, you now have the ability to expedite the process in Axiom. Navigating to an individual's security admin detail screen is still the best way to modify an individual user's security roles, but you now have the ability to add and remove people to and from a security role directly on the security role detail screen. This can be handy if you have lots of new faculty to give new faculty security roles or a similar task.

Veracross University: New Content Available

We recently added a new Accounts Payable learning path.

We currently have 41 live sessions scheduled next month. Led by Veracross instructors, these sessions typically run 30 minutes and are interactive, so bring your questions and ideas to share. They are intended to extend the "how-to" video-based learning, so they focus on workflows and "connecting the dots" among areas of functionality.

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