New and updated features release - August 2019


There’s a lot to do in boarding. That’s why REACH is more than just a mobile app for leave. We’ve been very busy adding more new features and improving existing features. We have more than 20 new and updated features in REACH for August that help you to manage your entire boarding operation. Here’s a preview of the updates.




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Boarder Performance Reports

Create your own report designs, mark them and publish them in hard or digital format to your boarding parents through REACH. Completed reports are also saved to the boarder’s profile, building a historical view for each performance report template. Your reports can be as simple or as complex as you want to design and you can have an unlimited number of report templates.

 

Sign Out Sticky Notes

Create important messages that appears on a student’s sign out screen that require staff verification before sign out. Use Stick Notes to ensure essential Duty of Care procedures are followed every time a student signs out from your boarding house or just as a simple messaging or reminder system to students and staff at sign out. Create notes for individuals or for groups of students.

 

Suspicious Leave Approval Alerts

Receive alert flags in your approval notifications when parent or host leave approvals appear suspicious to REACH.  We’re monitoring how, when,who and where your requests for leave are being approved and whenever we see a suspicious approval you will see a suspicious alert icon appear on your Manage Leave display. Opening for a detailed view will highlight the approver and reason why it has flagged as suspicious. 


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Location Curfews

Control when your QuickLeave locations are available for students to access and sign out to.  Set opening times for the location access and Curfew return times that limit the time that a student can go to the QuickLeave location for.  Create and manage. Set as many curfew profiles as you want and set different curfews for different student groups for each location.

 

Flexi-time for Quick-Leave

Flexi-time for Quick-Leave locations allows you to adjust the preset permitted time for Quick-Leave Sign Out locations as students are signing out to the location. Flexi-time can be activated on a per location basis and it will adhere to any Location Curfews that you have set for your locations also.

 

GPS Location Records

As part of our improvements in the REACH student tracking and our approach to emergency management you now have the ability to track the geo-location of your students on and off campus. When geo-locations are set for your locations REACH is able to then provide location mapping for your student population based on their current location in your REACH Kiosk view.

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Gating, Grounding & Student Restrictions

Gating and Grounding has received an upgrade and will also be renamed in future reference in REACH to the more generic Student Restrictions as the module extends to include the ability to implement non-leave related restrictions such as digital device confiscations.  You now have the ability to create as many Restriction profiles as you like. For each profile you can determine which locations or leave it affects and then simply select the restriction profile you want to apply.

 

Boarder Summary Dashboard

More improvements to the Student Summary Dashboard allows you to visualise the entire information set of your students in their profile view.  This versatile student profile dashboard can now also be used to display relevant information about your students from external services to REACH through integrated views. In September, Parent views will also switch over to a student dashboard view allowing schools to select what information gets shared with parents from your REACH portal.

 

Pastoral Points

A simple scoring mechanism that is integrated with the submission of student pastoral notes allowing you to allocate point score or rating for some, or all, of your pastoral notes for students. Benchmark behavior across your entire student population or for any selective group of students or use the points mechanism to set benchmarks for restrictions or privileges.

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Daily meals list by student

Check scheduled meals for every individual student in the new Meals Report by Day dashboard. This is a dynamically updating dashboard that monitors each individual students status for every scheduled meal. It allows you to check at a micro level who is scheduled to attend each meal.

 

Meals affected by medical conditions

An aggregated meals dashboard that provides a view of your total meal count for each daily meal and specifically identifies any special meals for meals that are affected by student medical conditions or late meal orders from student.  Like all REACH dashboards, you can lock users down to being view only this screen which makes it an ideal dashboard to share as a live view for your catering staff.

 

Recreation Events Manager upgrade

There’s a dozen new or improved features in the Recreation Events Manager that provides you with even more control of recreational event signups, signouts, rollcalls and chargeouts.  REACH Events Manager fully integrates with your REACH portal creating event invitations, managing signups, creating event roll call lists, creating the leave requests for approval and even providing a place for your risk assessment and other documents in the event records.

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Document Uploader extended

Not only can you create your own folders and upload documents to your REACH File Manager but now you can also upload relevant documents to any individual contact in your REACH database. Whether they are relevant student records, Parental documents, Host Certifications or even Staff accreditations, you can place them on the contact’s profile in your REACH portal for easy access.

 

Parent Consent Forms

Consent Forms are part of the REACH Lists and Forms extension module. They allow you to create, distribute and track parental consent forms to any group of parent contacts in your REACH database.  Consent forms appear on the Parent’s REACH login portal and are associated to students in their student profile.  You can create Consent Forms for any requirement that you have. Consent Forms can only be signed by an authenticated parent logged in to their REACH portal.

 

Email notification logs

We track the status of every email sent by your school’s portal.  Emails are tracked for successful delivery, opening, clicking and failed or rejected status. We also track the IP address and device type of any opened or clicked emails. These tracking results are now also available for you to view directly in your portal with an Email Logs dashboard.

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Medications Manager Upgrade

The Medications Module has received some new skills and some improved security & accessibility settings in recent upgrades. In addition to some new skills, we have enhanced our ability of the Medications Module to integrate with other systems by developing the Medications API. This allows REACH to provide data records for administered medications to your student information systems or medical information systems that do not provide a medications dispensary.

 

User Defined Fields Upgrade

User Defined Fields are an opportunity for schools to capture and display important and relevant information about students to make the information easily accessible and, where required, influential in how your workflows operate.

 

Security & Accessibility Upgrades

There are a host of new and updated individual security and accessibility settings which can be applied to entire role of users or to user profile individually.  These controls continue to add the granular control REACH administrators have to manage portal access and security.