Appendix A:  Scheduling a leap year

A leap year is a year containing one extra day to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. In the Gregorian calendar, the current standard calendar in most of the world, most years that are evenly divisible by 4 are leap years. In each leap year, the month of February has 29 days instead of 28.

Example: 2012 is a leap year.

Because staff hours are tracked with staff activity records, not by the schedule, historic activities are not affected by the changes to the schedule. Some departments have all shifts work on February 29 to account for the extra day.

Example: A department might split the February 29 into three, eight-hour shifts.

By default, Staff Scheduling assigns the next shift for that day, which results in the schedule being off by a day after February 29.

To accurately track staff hours, you need to:

  1. Manually create an activity record for February 29.
  2. Reset the start day for the schedule using March 1.

    Note: Depending on how the shifts land, you may need to re-run the Duty Cycle Wizard to get the correct shifts working the correct days.