Very secure! PowerSchool has created a secure API and has assisted us in this connection to send and retrieve information in the most secure way. Always be assured our system is secure even without this API connection. Ident-A-Kid ensures our system is FERPA compliant. Our API is the only one for Visitor Management systems to receive the Seamless Data Exchange Badge – to use the PowerSchool API for seamless, secure data exchange; read and write-back capabilities allow bi-directional data integration with PowerSchool.
You will need to purchase the Enterprise Edition of our software with the added PowerSchool API connection. Enterprise Edition is only available to School Districts and private schools that are not connected to a school district. Individual schools cannot purchase Enterprise with PowerSchool connection on their own. You will always have the manual import/export from PowerSchool to Ident-A-Kid until the API is put in place.
Along with your purchased license, you will need a Dymo printer and tardy slip rolls if you wish to print tardy passes. For pricing, please contact the National Office at 800-890-1000 option 4.
You will want to start with the person who purchased or manages the visitor management system at the district level. If you do not know who this person is ask your Ident-A-Kid local Director. Look for your Directors of Safety or Security, Directors of Technology and involve your PowerSchool Administrator at the district level to have them review and approve the API.
The attendance code and comments field are synced to Powerschool instantly. The specific clock in and clock out times and overall time calculation occurs at the top of every hour.
Yes. Each school can install as many Ident-A-Kid Visitor Management systems as they would like!
Yes. Our API will send all attendance back for tardy to school for Period and Daily, as well as class by class tardies for Period Attendance. Schools are able to log all tardies, early releases, even returning students.
You can run in kiosk or attendant mode. Our system will import all student names and attendant codes. Think about how you track your students now and what codes are used. If you can limit the codes selected for attendance to unexcused only and handle exceptions manually once you receive a note, then your school can use the system as a kiosk. This will allow all students or parents to process tardies and early releases on their own without the need of a staff member to do this task.
If you need all attendance codes within our system, we would suggest having an attendant track the tardies and early releases. They could select the name and appropriate attendance code to go into PowerSchool.
Yes! You will still have additional information fields 1 and 2 to track other information your school may need for your records, like reasons for tardies and early releases. All information entered during the tardy or early release, including the timestamp, will be added into the comment box of the attendance class.
You will need a Dymo LabelWriter Printer. We currently support Dymo 450 and 450 plus models. You will also need tardy slip rolls. You will be able to print tardy and early release slips as needed for your school with student name, check in/out time and reason.
Yes. If a student has already been marked absent, and a student comes in as tardy, the attendance code selected will replace the codes for the classes selected. Also, if a student leaves early, for a doctor’s appointment for example, and then returns, you can mark the student unexcused with a note from the doctor and present for the remainder of the day.
Most issues with our System syncing into PowerSchool are a result of incorrect settings in place. Please make sure you are selecting a name from the pre-loaded Students list and selecting an attendance code in additional information 3 or 4. This User Guide can assist you with your settings. If you are still having issues or need the API Documentation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-890-1000 Option 2.
Attendance bridge settings are primarly used at schools that utilize both daily and meeting attendance modes. By enabling a bridge either from meeting-to-daily or daily-to-meeting, it allows attendance records to be created and will stay in sync across both attendance modes. Generally to keep daily attendance records in sync you would dictate which meeting period would be used for daily attendance.