How do I exempt students from completing Focus Areas?

Note: This feature is only available to people with admin level accounts. 

You can exempt students from completing focus areas when they transfer to your school mid-year. You should not use this tool if a student is behind and want to catch him or her up, or if a student scored a 7/10 on a Content Assessment.

  1. Click Setup
  2. Click Students
  3. Find the student who needs a focus area exemption
  4. Click the three dots next to the student's name
  5. Click Focus Area Exemptions
  6. Type in the name of the focus area
  7. Enter reason for exemption
  8. Check I understand when to exempt focus areas for a student
  9. Click Add Exemption 
  10. Click Close


At the end of the week, all admins at your school will receive a confirmation email with a summary of exemptions from the past week. 
When a student receives exemptions for focus areas, those focus area will move to the Other Focus Areas row on their Year page.  All focus areas in this row do not count towards a student's grade.  The remaining focus areas will be redistributed evenly across their respective rows.   Also, one might consider exempting students from ProjectsScreen_Shot_2018-01-29_at_3.53.44_PM.png 
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  • Can this action be "undone"?

  • Hi Karla- Unfortunately right now, you do not have the ability to undo this action. You can write a help ticket to us and we can do it for you!

  • Where do you type in to request exempting a student from the focus area?

  • Hi Hollan!

    Admins will have the ability to exempt focus areas from the students' "Focus Area Exemptions" window. When Admins begin typing key words or phrases a focus area has, the search bar will populate various focus areas matching what is being typed in.

    Hope that answers your question!

  • I see how to exempt a student and this is helpful for transfer students that have joined the class at the Semester mark. The problem I've now noticed is that it adjusted their calendar and two Power Focus Areas automatically went red/incomplete. Is there a way to exempt focus areas but not have the overall calendar change?

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