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  1. Allow school administrators to insert attendance notification exclusions

    Our schools employ office personnel in charge of monitoring and recording attendance. Occasionally, they need to prevent regular, daily attendance notifications from being sent by Blackboard; however, Blackboard accounts in the School Administrator role cannot set or view attendance notification exclusions. This is desirable, as the only alternative is to have a full admin set the exclusions on behalf of all schools.

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  2. Add SIS alerts to message sending...

    Add alerts so if students have a note in the SIS about parent communications or situations message senders are made aware.

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  3. Add ability to hide Blackboard generated lists/groups

    Add ability to hide Blackboard generated lists/groups, such as, "*** Parents" lists. We have "Bus 101 AM Students" and "Bus 101 AM Parents" lists. We will only use the "Students" lists calling the parents information. The "Parents" lists just add confusion and more lists to look at.

    4 votes
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  4. Hide Default Groups

    Please hide your default role groups. They do not show correct populations. We've created our own groups and need your groups to be hidden. Thank you!

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  5. Blackout days

    Can we have blackout days in our mass notification system? We currently have times set but we would like to be able to blackout days as well.

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  6. Quick Link to Tip Manager

    It would be great to add a quick link button on the parentlink dashboard that goes directly to the Tip Manager section of the site.

    Currently you have to go one of two ways with several clicks to view the Tip information.
    1) Click on Messages/Create Message -> Message Tracking -> Tip Manager
    OR
    2) Reports -> Message Tracking -> Tip Manager

    I know it seems a bit much but for an Administrator/Crisis Team Member it would make things less stressful when dealing with a crisis.

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  7. Text/SMS School Identification

    When parents receive text/SMS messaging, the text comes from the same phone number each time (ex. 808-60); Despite having come from different schools or the District Office. Parents who are subscribed to more than one school (having both a high school student and elementary student) are sometimes left confused investigating which school the text message came from. A couple solutions I've come up with: 1. Assign each school a specific text number. Allowing parents to store that number as a contact for identification purposes. 2. Blackboard includes an automatic footer at the end of each text message that doesn't impact…

    8 votes
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  8. Remove some of your default role groups.

    Need to be able to remove some of your default role groups which have no purpose, like Community Member, Superintendent, District Administrator and other groups. Let us select which will be accessible.

    6 votes
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  9. Remove some of your default role groups, which are useless for us and in the way.

    Many of your default groups are useless and confusing for our users. They’re just of your default role groups and not particularly useful. They’re in the way! They take up the entire screen and almost hiding the last the group we need our users to access, called Groups. You have two folders, My Groups and DISTRICT groups). DISTRICT groups have all your default roles as groups and has the last group called Groups. Could you move this Groups to the root level?

    6 votes
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  10. Display Foreign language in lists as the common name not the actual language name

    Can Foreign language lists show the actual name being filtered… ex. "Spanish Parents" instead of "espaniol Parents", "French Parents" instead "francias Parents", "Bosnian Parents" instead of "bosanski jezik Parents", etc. It is very confusing and will be difficult for schools to find people of a particular country. Also, can the group lists be upper case first letter so it is consistent and easier to read. Currently English is listed English, but all other languages the first letter is listed lowercase russion, francais, etc.

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  11. ical Feed Integration Capability for WCM

    Please work on getting the capability to integrate an ical feed for WCM in the calendar apps. Currently, that is the only way we can get our schedules for athletics and activities to sync to the pages for the schools and it is available through the Mobile Integrated App but not through WCM.

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  12. Provide Farsi as a language option.

    We need Farsi as a language option in order to reach all families.

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  13. Assign Static Number for Each School for Mobile Alerts

    Each School Needs a Dedicated "Sending" Number for mobile alerts.

    Situation: When a school creates and sends a mobile alert, the text message arrives to end users from a seemingly randomly created, not actual phone number - ie: 606-80.

    Problem: End users may have multiple children attending different schools so do not necessarily know which school the mobile alert is coming from unless the text message specifically indicates the school name (origin) as part of the text - but that requires the message to use up valuable characters under the mobile alert character limit of 140.

    Solution Request: Assign each…

    3 votes
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  14. Attendance Calls

    Is it possible to send out period attendance calls after each period for absences from that particular period only (and not mentioning absences from previous periods). Currently, you can schedule the time for these calls to go out after a certain time after a period starts but it is cumulative - first call would say absent from first period, 2nd call would say absence from first and second period, third call would say absent from first, second and third period. Parents are getting annoyed.

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  15. Save draft of messages

    It would really be good if drafts of messages, including recipients, are automatically saved so we don't lose all the work done when we get interrupted.

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  16. Limit user to only send messages to students in specific grades

    We would like to limit a user to only be allowed to send messages to students in a specific grade level. We do not want this user to be able to send messages to any other grade level.

    2 votes
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  17. Allow more than 50 characters when you paste text into the "Text/SMS" box

    When you paste text into the "Text/SMS" box it limits you to 50 characters instead of 140. If you manually type the text into the "Text/SMS" box it allows the full 140 characters. Please allow a full 140 characters whether you type text in or paste text into the box.

    8 votes
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  18. Add a "Are You Sure" button after you select for "Send"

    To decrease the likelihood of sending the wrong message and to make sure the sender has reviewed all information, add another button after the send button to ensure the user is truly comfortable sending the message queued up in the system.

    6 votes
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  19. Reset bad-email counts

    I'd like to reset the counts of bad emails etc. site- or district-wide. This would be helpful to get baseline vs. improvement data after a campaign to get parents to update their information. Or to correct the stats if a staff members e.g. accidentally sends an email message to a batch of users for whom email isn't active.

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  20. Filtering automated attendance emails by grade level

    We have a school that serves middle school and high school students. The loss of credit emails need to be different for these 2 groups of students. Currently there is not a way for me to differentiate between the 2 groups. Adding a way to filter by grade level would solve this issue for us.

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