Preparing for September
- 1 Things to do once the academic year has advanced
- 2 Troubleshooting
- 2.1 PARS is running slowly
- 2.2 How do I run reports or view data from last year?
- 2.3 Some (not all) classes missing from timetables in PARS
- 2.4 All lessons are missing from timetables in PARS
- 2.5 Classes are missing from a subject
- 2.6 Some/all students are missing from some/all user defined groups
- 2.7 I can see a message about the Automation module not running
- 2.8 Pupils appear on menus/registers without a name or with person:xxxx, person:ID or ", (-)" as their name
- 2.9 All registers can be opened but no marks can be entered
Things to do once the academic year has advanced
Mapping sessions to lessons
See the registration preferences page for information about create session mappings.
How to set the Academic Year for users
This needs to be done for each user account. In SIMS .net go to:
Tools > Academic Management > Set academic year
In PARS you can switch between academic years using the Academic Year dropdown at the top left of the Diary page. By default, the current year is selected based on today's date.
Resetting students' behaviour points to zero
Behaviour incidents do not need to be deleted. The reports in PARS will only look at one year's worth of data at a time so the previous year's behaviour incidents will not be seen in behaviour reports, behaviour screens, etc. The pupil information is capable of displaying behaviour incidents from previous years. This can be prevented by going to:
PARS main menu > System management > Preferences > Pupil info > Only show this year's behaviour on Pupil information screen.
If previous incidents were entered for testing purposes only then these can be deleted by following the instructions on the edit behaviour incidents page.
Reschedule Detention / Removal / Extra Class timeslots
Detentions and/or removals will need to be rescheduled for the academic year. This is performed via:
PARS main menu > Detentions > Configure > Configure time types
PARS main menu > Removals > Configure > Configure time types
PARS main menu > Extra classes > Configure > Configure time types
Select a timeslot and click the Calenderise button to create a new schedule. See the configure time types page for further details.
Reschedule On Report / Student Review grade elements
The grading elements for PARS On Report and/or for Student Review elements will need to be rescheduled for the new academic year. This is performed via:
PARS main menu > On report > Configure > Elements
PARS main menu > Grading > Configure > Configure grading elements
Further information can be found on the edit PARS grade element page.
Setup Heads of Subject
PARS cannot determine which staff members are the heads of subjects or faculties from SIMS. Therefore this information must be manually entered into PARS. The page used to do this is:
PARS main menu > System management > Subject leaders
New staff members
If you have any new staff members, they will need to have their PARS permissions configured after their SIMS account has been created. SIMS permissions do not have any effect in PARS.
PARS is running slowly
See the performance issues page if users are reporting that PARS is running slowly.
How do I run reports or view data from last year?
On the homepage, near the top left of the calendar click the "Academic year" dropdown option and choose the year you wish to view. There is a permission required to see and use this feature so if the dropdown is not visible you may need to review your permissions.
The permission is called "Allows user to change current attendance year" and is found in the PARS section.
Some (not all) classes missing from timetables in PARS
The staff member should log in to SIMS. On the homepage, there is a My Timeline section which displays the staff member's timetable. If the class is also missing on this section in SIMS then the problem is not with PARS and must be fixed in SIMS. We cannot assist with this issue.
All lessons are missing from timetables in PARS
This means that the timetable has not been applied in SIMS. Apply the timetable in SIMS then log out of PARS and back in again. The applying the academic timetable page can be used as a guide but you should also contact your SIMS support.
Warning: reapplying the timetable in SIMS can cause attendance data to be lost.
Classes are missing from a subject
If the classes are missing from their subjects in PARS, log in to SIMS and go to:
Tools > Academic Management > Course Manager > Maintain Course
Search for the course that the class should belong to. Open the course and check section 6, classes. The class must be listed in this section.
Some/all students are missing from some/all user defined groups
Students have a start and end date for their membership to a user defined group. The membership for some or all of the pupils may have expired. To check this, use the Academic Year dropdown option on the PARS homepage to change back to the previous academic year (If you do not see the Academic Year dropdown, you may need to edit your permissions. See the How do I run reports or view data from last year section, above).
Select the user defined group that is missing students. The list of students will be shown on the right of the page, and their membership dates will be displayed. Select all of the students whose dates need to be changed then click the Edit button. Set the End date forward, or delete the end date if you do not want the students' memberships to expire.
I can see a message about the Automation module not running
A message will appear at the top left of PARS if automation has stopped running. Automation is an important process that performs various housekeeping jobs for PARS as well as sending automated reports. See the automation page for more information is your automation has stopped running.
These are pupils who were expected to attend the school this year and had timetables etc configured. They subsequently have not been admitted but have group memberships left in the database. You must back up your SIMS.net database before proceeding with the following steps.
Login to SIMS and go to:
Tools > Validate Memberships
Once the Validate Memberships process has completed, log in to PARS and go to:
System Management > System > Cache Viewer
Find a cache called "StudentsCache" (you can use Ctrl+F to search) and click the cross button to the left to delete the cache. The students' names will now appear correctly in registers.
All registers can be opened but no marks can be entered
System management > Registration Preferences
Visiting this page will update SIMS Lesson Monitor settings which allows PARS to handle registers correctly. Once you have visited this page, all registers will become active. You do not need to click or save anything on the Registration Preferences page.