1) Open the user defined groups section of sims by going to Focus -> Groups -> User Defined Groups
2) Click on New if you are needing to create a new group or search to locate an existing group then double click on the group name.
3) In the group description box you can type a description of the group, eg Class 1 - Persistent Absence
4) In the short name box type in a name for the group, this can be a maximum of 11 characters.
5) Click on the magnify glass next to the "effective date range" and chose "Whole Year"
6) You now need to add or modify the students that are in this group by clicking on "Action" and then "Add Student".
7) Click on Save