The functionality for blackouts is to ensure that you don’t schedule a course to run on a bank holiday or for other unique reasons.
Applying a blackout to a schedule ensures admin won’t schedule anything to run on these blackout dates to avoid any issues. You can use the Blackout feature while creating a schedule. Below are the steps to creating blackouts for schedules:
Step 1: New academic year | Creating a blackout using settings
Login as an admin
Navigate to the top right icon on the website
Select System from the dropdown
4. On the left menu in Systems, select Calendars to create blackouts
5. From here create your Blackout
Select the Events tab
Add your event eg 'Christmas 2023'
Add event type (previously added) eg ‘Bank Holiday’
Add event RULE eg ‘Bank Holiday’
Set start date & end date
Select Add Event
Deleting or editing previously added/outdated blackouts is okay. You can edit the previously added blackout for the upcoming year to make adding blackouts faster!
Step 2: Selecting the black in a schedule
New Schedules | Creating a new schedule will automatically select the blackout by default.
Existing Schedules | Existing schedules will have the blackout de-selected and will require a manual update and re-generation of slots.
Navigate to courses > schedules
Click on Create a new schedule
Add information to the Summary tab
In the Timeslots tab > Select blackouts
By default, blackout is selected, deselect if not required.
Enter Details in Bookings, Fees and Content Tab. Click Save
Outcome: If admin selects a blackout date the admin will be alerted of this issue.