On the Attendance Letter Editor page, the text content for letter sets can be created and saved. Different language translations can be added for each letter. Letters in each set can be set so that a specific letter is sent to students depending on their current number of applicable absence codes. Letters in a set will always be sent in sequence, even if a student's absences might qualify them for a second or third letter in a set. They will first be sent the first letter in that set. The Letter Log (LTL) table is used to determine if a student already received a letter.
At the District level, navigate to School Info > Configurations > Attendance Letters > Attendance Letter Editor. The Attendance Letter Editor page is only available at the district level.
Create a New Letter Set
If you have not created any Letter Sets, the list on the left will be empty, as shown below.
To create a new Letter Set, click on the Add button. The right side of the page will display the Letter Text Editor.
To return to Aeries, the main navigation bar is shown in the red box in the image above. Click on the "parallel lines" drop-down to see Aeries' navigation.
Add Letter Set Details
Type a name for the new Letter Set into the Letter Set Name field. Select the Absence Codes which will be counted for this letter. Select the number of Absence Codes needed for this letter to be sent.
Note: Districts must have uniform configurations for the Absence Codes for the schools selected in order to use District Attendance Letters.
Note: The absence codes available are from the districts Absence Code Table (ABS.SC = 0). If no codes are displayed, the Push and Pull Setup Tables page can be used to push the Absence Code Table (ABS) from a school to the district.
Add Letter Text
Three tabs are provided for letter text. The text added to the Top Content and Bottom Content will appear on the letter above and below the student's attendance data, respectively.
The text area boxes have Rich Text Editor capabilities which provide the ability to formatting options for font and background colors. This functionality helps achieve a what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) editing experience.
With these editing capabilities, text can be highlighted with a color or bold font. Images, font styles, and any number of custom formatting can be applied. The applied formatting will then be included in the Letters to Print and the email to parents.
A school logo can be added to the letters by using the "Image" icon. A URL to an image is entered on the Insert Image pop-up.
A button bar allows for additional formatting options for the text in Top Content and Bottom Content. Hover the mouse over each button to see a tool tip for the button.
The Letter Text Editor supports two types of special text elements within the Top Content and Bottom Content tabs. Fields from the STU and student related tables can be added, if enclosed with brackets [ ]. For example, [STU.FN] [STU.LN] prints each student's STU.FN and STU.LN fields on their letter. In addition, LOC can be used in the Bottom Content to indicate the principal and school information. For example, [LOC.NM] prints the school name and [LOC.PR] prints the Principal's name from each school.
Secondly, the Letter Text Editor also allows the insertion of "custom text" which can be modified for each "batch" or group of letters sent. To include custom text, add [CustomText] into the body of the letter, in the Top Content or Bottom Content tabs, in the place where the custom text should appear.
For example, if the first batch of letters sent will include specific dates for Saturday makeup school, the [CustomText] might be saved within the body of the letter as shown below:
More details about how to input the Custom Text is provided in the Send/Generate Letters documentation.
The Notification Message tab should be used for letters which may be sent via email. The text in the Notification Message will appear in the body of the email. A PDF of the letter will be attached to the email.
Letter Set Languages
The first letter created will be the default English letter. To add a translated version of the letter, choose a language from the Add Language drop-down.
The Top Content, Bottom Content and Notification Message tabs will display for the newly selected language, which will have its own language button next to the default English button. Translated text for letters sent in languages other than English must be added to the letter's tabs in a similar way as for the English letter.
The language buttons will toggle through the different language letters that have been added.
When generating letters from the Send/Generate Letters page, the text of the letter will be generated using the student's correspondence language (STU.CL). If no letter exists for the student's correspondence language, the letter will be generated using the default English letter.
As time passes, students attendance accumulates and more attendance letters may need to be sent. For example, a letter concerning unexcused absences may need to be sent after three unexcused absences, after five unexcused absences, and after ten unexcused absences, etc. To accomplish this, add more letters to the same Letter Set, add the text and the translations, and choose the number of Absence Codes to be counted in order for the letter to be sent.
Below Letter 1, the Add New Letter button will be displayed.
Press the Add New Letter button and a new Letter Text Editor will be displayed for the new Letter Part.
Fill in the number of Absences Codes to count for this letter part to be sent. Add text to the Top Content, Bottom Content, and Notification Message tabs as needed. Add translated versions of the letters as needed. This process is the same as for the first letter. Continue to add letters as needed.
Saving Letter Sets
To save a Letter Set, press the Save button below the Letter Text Editor. If you have made changes to a Letter Set that you do not wish to save, press the Cancel button.
A letter for a language other than English can be deleted by pressing thein the language's button:
The default English letter cannot be deleted within the Letter Text Editor. However, the entire Letter Part can be deleted using the Delete button.
If a Letter Part has been deleted, but the Letter Set has not been saved, the deletion can be undone.
Modifying Letter Sets
After Letter Sets have been created, they will be displayed in a list under Letter Sets on the left side of the page. Click on a Letter Set to open it in the Letter Text Editor. Make any necessary changes and press the Save button at the bottom to save the changes.