A Zone defines when bells ring and are made up of default and exception schedules. Once a zone is created, it can then be assigned to a bell controller relay.
The zones list view displays all zones. From the list view, you can select the name of a zone to view its profile or copy a zone.
Copy an existing zone to simplify creating a new zone that has similar schedules. When a zone is copied, a new zone is created with the copied zone schedules. Once copied, simply edit the zone settings and schedules and assign the zone to a Bell Controller relay.
Go to Scheduling > Zones. All Zones are listed.
Name that uniquely identifies the zone. Selecting the link opens its profile.
Creates a copy of the zone with the settings and schedules.
To copy a zone, select Copy. The new zone is created and its name is set to Copy - the name of the copied zone.
A zone is commonly created and assigned to a Bell Controller's relays during Device Preconfiguration. Be sure to view the existing zones to verify it does not already exist. Only the zone is created during preconfiguration, not the zone schedules.
Go to Scheduling > Zones.
From the bottom of the list, select + New.
Enter a Zone Name. The Zone name commonly represents the location of the Zone.
Select a Business Unit. By default, assigned to the account Business Unit.
Once saved, be sure to assign a Bell Controller relay to the new zone.
A default schedule should be the schedule for the majority of the school year. When creating a new zone, a default schedule is automatically displayed.
If you need to add another default schedule, copy the existing schedule For example, you may need two default schedules if the periods are different for the days of the week.
Enter a Schedule Name.
Select each day of the week the schedule is to be effective on.
Set the date range the schedule is effective: For School Year From [the start date] - To [the end date].
Select a display color for the schedule: The color is displayed on the Zone calendar and the School Calendar Report to identify the dates the schedule is effective on.
A period contains a start bell and an optional end bell. A start and end bell trigger the school bells to ring.
A schedule can have up to a maximum number of 48 events, which a single bell is an event. If you use both start and end bells, you can only set up to a maximum of 24 periods resulting in 48 events. If you are only using start bells, you can set up to 48 periods.
Select Add Period(s).
Enter the Period Name.
Create the periods for the schedule.
Exception schedules are for those days the bells are to be different from the default schedule.
An exception schedule can have multiple assignments. An assignment defines the specific date or date range the schedule is effective.
Exceptions schedules can have periods or have no periods.
When no periods are assigned, bells do not ring on the date range set in its assignment(s).
As an example, if you have a winter and spring exam schedule with the same bell schedules. You would create two assignments, one for the winter exam dates and one for the spring exam dates and create the periods. For each of the assignments, the bells ring at the periods defined and override the default schedule(s) set in the zone.
If you do not want the bells to ring on specific dates, simply add the assignment with the date range the bells are not to ring and do not add any periods. The period/event name displays no bells, indicating that no bells will ring.
Select Add Exception.
Select a display color for the schedule. The color is displayed on the calendar view to identify the schedule effective for each day of the month.
Enter a Schedule Name.
From Add Assignments, enter the Description of the exception, date range the assignment is effective, and select Add To List. Verify the assignment is listed.
Select Add Periods(s).
You can set the periods to autogenerate or create individual periods.
The exception schedule overrides the default schedules(s) for the date range(s) set in its Assignment(s).
Go to Scheduling > Zones.
From the list, select the Zone Name link of the zone. Its profile is displayed.
To view all settings, select Show Advanced Options.
View or edit its settings.
Name of the zone; commonly named to easily identify the zone location.
Business Unit assigned to the zone.
Schedules effective for each day of the month by the color set in the schedule.
Each default schedule has a start and end date, the days of the week the schedule is effective, and periods that define when bells will ring.
An exception schedule is made up of assignments that specify a start and end date the schedule is effective on and the periods that define the bell ring schedules.
An exception schedule can be set with no periods, which results in no bells ringing for the date range set in its assignments.
Location assigned to the zone.
Bell controller relays assigned to the zone.