What does “blocking dates” mean? You may need to block students from being scheduled to you on certain dates because you’ll be out; or perhaps there will be a staff or department meeting, workshop, or in-service day. These dates need to be blocked so students won’t be assigned to teachers that will not be there. As a teacher, you may block dates for yourself, other staff members, or a whole department.
Select “Block Dates” in the navigation to get to the block dates page. To start, select the staffer or department you wish to block dates for. In this example, we will select a staff member. If you chose a department, the feature works the same.
Next, add a reason for blocking the date. This is the reason that will display to other users.
If your school has multiple flex periods, select which period or periods you wish to block.
If you want to create recurring blocked dates, select the Weekly, Every Other Week, Or Every Other Day in the Repeats drop-down. Then, choose a start and end date range. If you selected Weekly, check the days of the week you want it to repeat on. If only blocking one day, leave the repeats option as “none,” and just select the date you wish to block. A summary at the bottom will give you an overview of the date or dates you have blocked. If the summary is correct, click save. Your blocked date or dates will display in the “Blocked Dates” box at the bottom of the page.
You are able to delete these dates from here if you wish. You can view any upcoming dates by selecting the 'Show Dates' check box. You can also select a specific month in the 'Month to View' drop-down. If you want to view all blocked dates for the entire month, even past dates, select 'Display Entire Month.' There is a box that will display blocked dates for a department, one for the selected staff member, as well as one that shows dates blocked for the entire school.
To delete a blocked date for a department, select 'Delete' next to the block date. Similarly, you can delete dates for individual staff members as well. You are unable to delete blocked dates for the entire school (see more on that below*).
*A Note About Dates Blocked for Entire School: As a teacher, you can't block dates for the entire school. As a site administrator, this is something you can do from the admin Settings page, and selecting 'School Calendar.'