Is it possible to add a feature that allows us to reverse the automated PTA Scheduling to calculate family names starting with Z-A as oppose to A-Z?

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asked Nov 21, 2022 in New Feature Requests by M Schiffer
Hi, Would it be possible to add a feature that allows us to reverse the automated PTA scheduling to calculate  family names starting with Z-A as oppose to A-Z? Parents that are at the end of the alphabet are frustrated that their appointments are always late, as oppose to parents in the beginning of the alphabet get the first/earlier appointments. Thank you so much!! This program is fantastic!! So many amazing features that really enhance our productivity!!
commented Dec 12, 2022 by TC
Can you add an option to sort last name in alphabetical order after it selected parents with multiple children...?

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answered Nov 21, 2022 by Admin
It does not work with A to Z. It works by who has the most children that have PTA.
commented Nov 21, 2022 by M Schiffer
Correct, first it goes by family size then it goes by A-Z. For example it will pull up all families with 4 girls in the school and then assign appointments based on alphabetic order within the list of families with 4 students, and then it continues to families with 3 girls etc.
commented Nov 21, 2022 by Admin
The computer does not make it alpha order.
commented Nov 21, 2022 by M Schiffer
So when the system is up to families with 1 student in the school who does it take first to add in to appointment slots?
commented Nov 21, 2022 by Admin
Its requesting from the database the list of families without specifying any order. So the database decides itself which order to send. (Most probably by account number or indexing, but each time it can reply different). Thats why when creating PTA twice for same list, it doesn't come out to the same appointments.
commented Nov 22, 2022 by M Schiffer
I understand, for some reason the parents with last names ending in letters at the end of the alphabet felt that they we're last because of it. Is there any way to add a feature that instructs the database to use specific last names first in the category they fit in to( as in last names ending with s-z)? thank you so much for your time and help!
commented Nov 22, 2022 by Admin
The system works by going random. Forcing it a certain way, it will not be able to come up with appointments for everyone.
commented Nov 22, 2022 by M Schiffer
ok! thank you so much for your quick and clear response!!!
commented Nov 22, 2022 by Mimi Horowitz
are code 2 parents included automatically?

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