In the ALE Application, using the Program Manager or Secretary role, parent accounts can be managed through the left hand navigation menu item -- “Manage ALE Users.”
To see if a parent has an active account, use the column filters to find the user you are looking for.
Then, you can use the filters to view only parents, and those with active or inactive accounts.
At the time the application is initially set up, parent accounts are automatically created using their email addresses (from the Student Information System) as the username, but some may need to be manually activated if there is no email address associated with their registration.
When new families register after that initial set up, accounts will need to be manually activated for them at the time of registration.
Activating Parent Accounts
Select the parent account(s) that need activating by clicking on the check mark in the far left column. Then use the “Select Row Action” button on the right to “Activate Guardian Account(s).”
To verify that the activation and access to ALE application was successful, search for them in the “ALE Users Management” list. You should see their name, along with a listed user name and email address.
By default, the system assigns the email address associated with the guardian in Skyward as their username. If your district uses a different convention for the username (firstname.lastname, or Skyward username) you will need to update the usernames for guardians activated through this process in our Admin application following the directions below.
Changing a Parent Username
To change a parent username in our system, you will navigate to yourschooldistrict.schooldata.net/admin (e.g. edmonds.schooldata.net/admin). From there, choose Homeroom Admin:
Then Homeroom Users and Permissions:
And finally, Change Application User Name:
This simple form will let you update the email address for a user in the system. Enter their current application username (which is the old email address in the case of a parent) and the new username you are updating to. Then, click submit.
Updating Email Addresses
Occasionally, you may find that a parent email address has been changed in your SIS and not in this system. Or, a parent requests that you change the email address listed for them. You will want to ensure that the emails listed in your Student Information System and in our admin table match. Change the email address as you normally would in your SIS.
To change an email address in our system, you will locate the user in the Manage ALE Users Table, then use the row action gear to select “set Email Address.”
In the resulting form, enter the new email address and hit “Save.”
One other thing worth noting is that an email address can only be associated with one user. Sometimes, two parents will have the same email address associated with them and it will migrate to our system associated with the incorrect parent. In that case, contact our Help Desk to request that the email be re-associated to the correct one.
Linking Students to Parents
Occasionally, a student and parent and/or guardian are not correctly linked in the app based on their SIS associations. You can link a parent via the Manage ALE Users tab. Navigate to find the parent you would like to link a student to and using the row action gear, select “Link Student to Parent.” Note that the “Parent of Students column lists all existing associated students for the selected guardian:
In the resulting form, you can select one or more students to associate the selected parent to.
Once an account has been activated, you can reset the password for a parent if desired. Navigate to “ALE Users Management” then filter to find the individual you are looking for. Using the row action gear at the far right, select “Set Password.”
A small window will appear with the parent’s username where you can set a new password.
Upon logging in, users can reset their own password by clicking on their name at the top right of the screen to open the “Application Actions and Options” menu, then selecting “Edit account info.”
If you Need Help
If you are unable to activate an account for some reason, or cannot locate the parent on the guardian list, then please contact the SDS Help Desk. Submit a ticket via the form at https://sdshelpdesk.zendesk.com/hc/en-us or email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, email address, and child’s school so that we can assist with the activation process.
Please note that if a parent contacts us directly to request account activation, that we will need someone from your program to verify the parent should be given access before we will activate the account.