Welcome to your weekly EIS Bulletin!
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Below we have summarised what is new this week… if you have any queries, please get in touch!
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New SIMS Attendance Code Functionality
Patch 25870 has now been released on SOLUS to all schools except EIS hosted schools. Please see Information Notice (20-E038) on the Support Portal for more details. The patch provides the following benefits:
- Makes temporary attendance code 7 (Illness due to COVID-19) available
- Makes temporary attendance code 8 (Self isolating due to COVID-19) available
- Makes temporary attendance code 9 (Shielding due to COVID-19) available
- Makes temporary attendance code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) available; previously, it could only be generated from menu route Focus | Attendance/Lesson Monitor | Exceptional Circumstances.
- This functionality has been designed to assist schools in meeting DfE/SAGE requirements for reporting on attendance during the Covid-19 outbreak. All settings should submit daily attendance figures using the educational setting status form by midday.
Re-release of the SIMS Spring 2020 Upgrade Files – Latest Information
Due to the Coronavirus situation we previously held back the release of the Spring 2020 SIMS and Discover upgrades. With the wider opening of schools from 1 June, we are planning to release the SIMS and Discover upgrades to all schools on SOLUS3 by noon on Friday 19 June 2020.
Schools Hosted by EIS
EIS hosted schools will also be upgraded over the weekend of 19 to 22 June 2020 therefore EIS hosting will not be available to hosted or KLZ remote apps users from Friday 19 June 17:00 to Monday 22 June 06:00
It is important that any school using KLZ to access their SIMS database remotely via the Internet should upgrade their SIMS system as near as possible to the date that we will be updating our hosted servers otherwise users will not be able to access SIMS remotely. Therefore, if schools do not upgrade SIMS on their server on or around the date below, they will not be able to access SIMS remotely until the school SIMS is at the same version as the KLZ servers. EIS will be updating this remote connection between 17:00 on Friday 19 June 2020 and 06:00 on Monday 22 June 2020.
To assist schools in completing these SIMS and Discover upgrades please refer to Information Notices:
- SIMS Spring 2020 Release – Information Notice (20-E005)
- SIMS Discover Spring 2020 Release – Information Notice (20-E006)
Release of the FMS Spring 2020 Upgrade files – Latest Information
Due to the Coronavirus situation we previously held back the release of the Spring 2020 FMS upgrade. Now that there has been a wider opening of schools, we are planning to release the FMS upgrade files to all schools on SOLUS3 by noon on Friday 3 July 2020.
Schools Hosted by EIS
EIS hosted schools will also be upgraded over the weekend of 4 and 5 July 2020 therefore EIS hosting will not be available to hosted or KLZ remote apps users from Friday 3 July 17:00 to Monday 6 July 06:00
It is important that any school using KLZ to access their FMS database remotely via the Internet should upgrade their FMS system as near as possible to the date that we will be updating our hosted servers otherwise users will not be able to access FMS remotely. Therefore, if schools do not upgrade FMS on their server on or around the date below, they will not be able to access FMS remotely until the school FMS is at the same version as the KLZ servers. EIS will be updating this remote connection between 17:00 on Friday 3 July 2020 and 06:00 on Monday 6 July 2020.
To assist schools in completing this FMS upgrade please refer to the following notice:
Dedicated COVID-19 Support Page
The Education Systems Team have pulled together a number of articles and support documents for schools to use when managing issues such as attendance in SIMS.
This page will be updated with any new items relating to the school closures and will keep you informed of any new information notice we issue to support schools at this challenging time.
You will need a KLZ log in to access this as it is on our support portal. Please click here to go to the page https://support.eisit.uk/info-notice/covid-19-information-for-schools-regarding-sims/
- Importing Pupil/Student Email Address and Telephone Number – Information Notice (20-E036)
- Taking registers for Split Classes – Information Notice (20-E033)
Training & Events
View all EIS Training Courses on http://www.kentcpdonline.org.uk/
SIMS User Forum Webinar – Focus on Recording Behaviour in SIMS
Please register for our User Forum with a focus on behaviour being held on Thursday 9 July 20 – 10:00 – 11:00, on the link below:
As we are unable to hold the user forum at a venue as we usually would, we are now going to be holding a number of sessions to go over some of the features and functionality associated with behaviour in SIMS via a webinar. Please join us to see how behaviour can be recorded in SIMS and could save your school money if you are using another piece of software.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training and we look forward to welcoming you on the 9 July.
You will be contacted separately if you have previously booked a place for this on CPD Online.
Due to the current situation, we are not running SIMS training courses at any of our venues. We are however able to offer one to one remote consultancies to cover specific parts of training courses. If you would be interested in a one to one remote training session, please contact us to discuss requirements and prices by logging a call with the ICT Service Desk.
Hot Off The Press!
Medway NJC Pay Scales April 2020
We are still awaiting the new values for the Medway NJC Pay Scales from April 2020. As soon as these are available we will issue a pay file to import into SIMS along with an Information Notice with instructions.
Thank you for your patience.
For further information and to get in touch: