Disable 'Nickname' field in Online Enrollment
Is it possible to disable the "Nick Name" (First Name Alias) Field in Aeries Online Enrollment?
Thank you for your feedback, and please tell us more. Why would you not want to collect the student’s nickname? Please use the comments to elaborate.
Mike Wibben commented
re-label the field or mouseover to read, "Other name that your child goes by i.e.. Michael goes by Mike"
Leanne Hartley commented
Maybe instead of disabling the nickname field in Online Enrollment, just add a new field in demographics for nickname, seperate from Alias or Legal, that doesn't get reported to CALPADS.
Kim LoVette commented
Legal names are reported to CALPADS and used for testing in TOMS. Legal names have to be used on the transcript for college applications. We work hard to ensure that our data is clean and accurate. It would be nice to have the option to turn this feature on or off in the Aeries Air admin settings.
Kim LoVette commented
The nickname goes into the Alias field, which we use for name changes, like adoptions. We have changed our procedures for legal names and legal name changes since we submitted this request. We would like the option in Aeries Air admin to turn on or off adding nicknames.
Alicia Nava commented
Sometimes the nickname is not caught by the enrollment secretary, because the parent/guardian reads nickname vs alias, other name used. When it is caught it usually has already been reported to CALPADS.
Roger Sauer commented
Once a parent inputs "Stinky Butt" as a child's nickname, the field loses all credibility. Better to have the child inform the teacher of a preferred nickname, which can then be related to the school office.
Heather Benson commented
I noticed issues with CalPads reporting. When the parent only puts in the First alias, it threw errors stating the last alias was missing so my secretaries had to go in and fill in the other fields
Ginny Creger commented
My support for this idea originally had to do with testing. We used to create a report showing the students with aliases so the teachers knew who may need additional support logging in to TOMS (i.e. Sadie needs to login with her legal name of Xochitl). The excessive use of the field by parents rendered it useless for testing purposes though, so we recently abandoned that practice. This item is no longer a priority for us.
Idalia Martinez commented
Once they reach the high school level there should be a transition to proper use of name for college or scholarship applications, financial aid and any other use for their school records. Using Junior, Mamas, Buddy, Bubs at the high school level may cause delays.
Autumn Noe commented
We have noticed that the "nicknames" that parents have been inputting are often cutesy family nicknames. One example, is a child named Sadie, the parent inputted "Sadie-Bug" for a nickname. Maybe change the field name to other another name, such as "Other name that your child goes by" eg. Timothy goes by Tim. We like to keep the Aeries database "clean" and when we saw what was being inputted by parents, it was not useful or helpful.