Silent Dismissal offers multiple configuration options to determine when student names will be displayed in the classrooms.
A fundamental rule for Silent Dismissal is that staff should release students from the classroom when the name appears on the classroom screen. Staff should not be asked to make an assessment of the current time to determine when students are to be released. By adhering to a strict policy of release when displayed, not before and not after, the entirety of dismissal can be controlled in accordance with school policy.
In order to make this practice workable, staff may enter dismissal information at any time during the day with the knowledge that the information will not be displayed to the classroom staff until the appropriate time.
If the entire school dismisses at the same time - not including the possible exception of a few groups or locations that may dismiss early - then the classroom display time is controlled from a single parameter. This parameter may be accessed by administrators from the menu TOOLS / SCHOOL SETTINGS, sub section Time Settings in the field Dismissal Display.
Student names will be shown in the classroom chronologically after the Dismissal Display time has elapsed on the current day except for locations designated as Immediate or groups designated as Immediate; students called to those locations or for those groups will be displayed in the classrooms immediately.
If your school dismisses students at different times, Silent Dismissal may be configured to display student information at different times by classroom.
To set up the school for staggered dismissal, follow these steps:
In some instances it may be necessary to dismiss students at a time earlier than the customary display time. For schools without a staggered display time this is a simple task; staggered display times are a bit more cumbersome.
There are no provisions for setting early display in advance for a specified date.
Automatic Group Calls by time will not be automatically performed until the defined time. On days with early release the general practice is to manually call all groups - i.e., buses, vans, clubs, etc. - by clicking on the group name as a dismissal staff user from either the Desktop view or the Group Dismissal view.
An alternate option is to set the automatic dismissal times for these groups to reflect the appropriate time for early dismissal, execute the dismissal for the day, then reset the dismissal time for the groups prior to the same day next week.
For schools with a single dismissal time, two options are available for early release.
The student name display in normally restricted until the time defined in the School Settings page. This may be overridden by a toggle on the menu for Dismissal staff.
Rather than rely on dismissal staff to monitor the current time to press the Dismiss Early menu option it is often more convenient for an administrator to change the default display time on the TOOLS / SCHOOL SETTINGS page in the morning on the day of early dismissal then on the following morning to subsequently change the default display time back to the original time. The relieves the dismissal staff from monitoring the current time to manually release students but does require the administrator to remember to reset the display time following dismissal and prior to the next day dismissal.
When early dismissal happens at a school with multiple dismissal times by classroom there are again the same two options listed above but with more required steps.
This operation may need to managed my an administrator inside the building using a dismissal account.
At the time of the earliest release period, using a dismissal staff account, click on TOOLS / DISMISS EARLY
After the first release period completes, using a dismissal staff account, click on TOOLS / RESET EARLY DISMISSAL to prepare for the next dismissal time.
Optionally, it may also be beneficial to invoke the TOOLS / RESET DISMISSALS function as the administrator to clear any dismissal entry information from the first dismissal that may affect the next dismissal. This operation is optional and in most cases will not be required as it is the same as during a normal release time.
This option requires multiple steps:
Once dismissal has completed for the day and prior to the next dismissal