Overview  

Alternative Education Scheduling enhancements have been made in Aeries to assist with scheduling for Independent Study classes and meeting guidelines put in place by the CDE related to AB130. 


There is a new setting that will allow for a school to have students in a traditional high school setting while allowing some students to take Independent Study instruction all within the same school. The feature has a new option in School Settings that can be enabled and will allow a school to set up specific courses in their MST/SMS tables that can be flagged as an Alternative Education section. 


To enable this feature, navigate to School Info > Configurations > School Settings in the currently logged in school. There is an option under Alternative Ed Scheduling called Allow Individual Sections to be Flagged for Alt Ed Scheduling. 


Enabling this feature will allow for setting up sections in MST/SMS tables that can be flagged as an Alternative Education course. This feature is available in any school type where a master schedule exists. When using this feature, turning on this option will display the newly added MST.AE field in MST/SMS tables for use with scheduling Independent Study classes. For more information on how to set up sections, see Alt Ed Course/Section Setup in MST/SMS.




Security  

TablePermissionDescription
OPTRead
Insert
Update
A user will need update permissions in order to enable this setting in the School Settings page which stores the value in the OPT table.


School Options Configuration  

There are two Alt Ed Scheduling setting options, Use Alt Ed Scheduling for Entire School or Allow Individual Sections to be Flagged for Alt Ed Scheduling. These settings are mutually exclusive settings and can only be enabled for one or the other. To turn on this feature for using individual sections, select Change, then select the option Allow Individual Sections to be Flagged for Alt Ed Scheduling and select Save.



Tables  

Turning on the setting Allow Individual Sections to be Flagged for Alt Ed Scheduling will flag the OPT table with a true value in the OPT.CD field for the NM = AltSchedSection. 

TableFieldDescription
OPTCDA true or false value will be stored in this field for NM = AltSchedSection 
OPT
NM
AltSchedSection