When a school uses an Odd/Even Day schedule, the Block Schedule Calendar page must be modified to indicate which periods meet on which days. Scheduling using an Odd/Even Day schedule works like regular scheduling -- students are still scheduled into periods 1 through 7, for example. The important difference is the impact of Odd/Even Day schedules on attendance, since every section does not meet on every day.
The terms "Odd/Even day schedule" and "A/B day schedule" are sometimes confused. In Aeries, Odd/Even Day schedules are not referenced as A/B Day schedules:
- An Odd/Even day schedule indicates that certain periods of the day only occur on certain days. For example, 2nd, 4th, and 6th period sections meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th period sections meet on Tuesday/Thursday.
- An A/B day schedule is used to set specific days of the Calendar as A or B days. Sections tagged as A-Day or B-Day meet on the appropriate day. For example, two sections tagged in the MST (one as A-Day and the other as B-Day) could be scheduled during the same period, but meet only on the appropriate A or B day as set on the Block Schedule Calendar. See the Complex Schedules - A/B Day Schedules documentation for more information about A/B Day schedules.
Two pages are used in Aeries to properly set up Odd/Even Day schedules. The first page is the Block Schedule Calendar. This page is used to indicate which class periods meet on individual school days and would be set up as in the example below.
In this situation, the buttons that repeat one or two weeks of bell periods will not skip school holidays, so individual days may have to be corrected after using the repeat function.
The second page used is the Bell Scheduler. The COD table must be modified to include a Type code for Even Day and Odd Day (BSD.TY). Then the Bell Scheduler can be used to create a bell schedule for each type of day. Once the bell schedule is created, it must be linked to the school days where it will be in place.
For more information, see the Bell Scheduler Setup documentation.