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PowerSchool SIS

PowerSchool SIS version is available as of 12/17/2020: 


PowerSchool - AccessibilitySeveral improvements have been made to improve accessibility within the PowerSchool application.--
PowerSchool - AttendanceAs part of this release, the processing time of the Nightly Attendance Calculation has been improved.PSF-32791

Resolved Issues

PowerSchool Admin - Attendance CommentAfter upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, the Attendance Comment icon always shows as blue indicating a comment exists, even in cases where a comment does not exist. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38557
PowerSchool Admin - Daily BulletinIn some instances for large districts, the Visibility tab on the Daily Bulletin Setup page does include all the schools in the district. This issue is now resolved.PSF-37563
PowerSchool Admin - Document AttachmentsIn some instances after upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, downloading multiple documents may not download all the selected documents. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38917
PowerTeacher Pro - Class Roster ReportIn some cases after upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, when teachers ran the Class Roster Report in PowerTeacher Pro, it would not split up sections of the same course on the report. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38650
PowerSchool Admin - SectionsWhen Reset Class Counts is run without populating the Expression field, the Class Enrollment calculates to 0. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38097
PowerSchool Admin - SystemIn some rare cases, a memory leak can impact system stability and performance. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38493
PowerSchool Admin - SystemIn some rare cases, the Term selector may be blank due to invalid Terms.FirstDay and/or Terms.LastDay values. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38776
PowerSchool Admin - System/State ReportsWhen upgrading from PowerSchool SIS versions or to PowerSchool SIS an error occurs on the System and State Report pages. This issue is now resolved.PSF-39058
PowerSchool Admin - WS-TrustAfter upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, WS-Trust (PowerSchool as Service Provider) no longer authenticates any user types. Additionally, if the WS-Trust plugin is installed and enabled and the WS-Trust web app is not installed on the server PowerSchool SIS fails to start. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38318
PowerSchool - PowerSchool SIS Student and Parent PortalAfter upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, clicking the Edit (pencil) icon on the Class Registration page no longer opens the Edit pop-up. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38604
PowerTeacher GradebookAfter upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, Email Students and Parents in PowerTeacher Gradebook no longer functions correctly. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38540
PowerSchool - Ed-FiIn some instances after upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, EdFi events would not publish as expected until the Ed-Fi plugin was disabled/enabled. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38846
PowerSchool - PASIAfter upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, the Delta Change Framework (DCF) is no longer honoring PASI timing requirements. This issue is specific to Alberta Canada customers. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38596
PowerSchool - Scheduled TasksIn some cases after updating to PowerSchool SIS, Quartz based schedule jobs, such as Scheduled Data Export Manager (DEM) Exports, may not run as expected. This issue is now resolved.

Note: Customers already running PowerSchool SIS that have (re)submitted one or more scheduled exports will need to submit any remaining scheduled tasks not already submitted. See the following Knowledge base article.
PowerSchool - Unified ClassroomIn some cases after upgrading to PowerSchool SIS, Parents and Students may no longer see grades as part of the Dashboard. This issue is now resolved.PSF-39075
PowerSchool Admin - SystemWhen districts with 10+ nodes attempt to upgrade to PowerSchool SIS, a schema update may fail which causes PowerSchool SIS to fail to start. This issue is now resolved.PSF-38432

Known Issues

PowerSchool Admin - Co-Teaching RolesIn the Co-Teaching Roles table, the fields Code, Alt. code 1 and Alt. code 2display "{code} {code}" when the field is null or empty.PSF-37168
PowerSchool Admin - Medication Frequency

The code set entry for the medication frequency is not automatically seeded in version (code = PRN). 

Workaround: It can be added manually if desired, imported from the code set samples for Health on PowerSchool Community, or will be automatically added with

PowerSchool Admin - System ReportsPowerSchool has identified an issue where the names of the new reports sometimes display incorrectly. We are looking into this issue, and a fix will be included in an upcoming release.--
PowerSchool Configuration

When utilizing PowerSchool SIS in an array configuration, the PowerSchool SIS nodes may not start if the time between the servers is out of sync by more than 20 seconds.
When this issue occurs the following messages may appear in the log:

  • Waiting for task master schema updates to complete
  • District (server_address) remained unavailable

This will impact only multiple node environments during startup, and will not impact a server that is already running.
PowerSchool SIS should be run on a server with an Operating System that is synced with a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server to ensure consistent time across the nodes. The Windows Operating System attempts to sync the server time every 7 days.

PowerSchool Mobile Android/iOS Applications - PowerSchool SIS as OIDC Service Provider

If the PowerSchool SIS is enabled as an OIDC Service Provider for SSO for parents and/or students using Microsoft Azure or Google as the IdP, parents and/or students cannot sign into PowerSchool Mobile Android or iOS applications.


Removed Features/Future Deprecation

Legacy Look

In the PowerSchool SIS 2021 spring back-to-school release, the New Experience introduced in PowerSchool SIS version will be the only look that is available for the PowerSchool SIS Admin and PowerSchool SIS Teacher portals. The "classic look" will no longer be available. All users not already using the New Experience will be automatically transitioned. We are providing notification in advance so that districts have ample time to test and make changes to any impacted customizations.

(20.11) New Experience

PowerSchool Components

PowerSchool SIS is comprised of several software components, each versioned independently from one another. This allows for greater flexibility of component updates as new features and bug fixes become available. Some updates may include dependencies between components. These dependencies will be communicated and built into the component update installers to prevent PowerSchool SIS from being configured incorrectly. The following table identifies the version number for each PowerSchool SIS component in this release compared to the previous release:

ComponentVersion Number

PowerSchool SIS Server

PowerTeacher Gradebook






State Reporting

Report SDK

Amazon Corretto Java1.8u2621.8u262

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