I have a number of school day routines and smartapp automations that trigger music, sounds or TTS message playback with inclusions or exceptions based on Mode and/or day of week. (Wake-up to music and lights, bus warning alerts, bedtime routines that control lights, music, etc.)
When summer vacation arrived I didn’t have an immediate solution to override all these automations without creating a whole new separate Mode that would handle all the day-to-day automations minus the school-related ones so I ended up deleting all those individual switch triggers since there is no way to temporarily override them so long as you want to keep the rest of the “Home” routines intact.
So now I’m looking for a creative way to control all the school-related automations with a single trigger that can be controlled by a virtual switch called “School Day” that I can manually toggle ON/OFF based on the school schedule (winter/summer vacations and national holidays, etc).
Is there a way to incorporate the state of this school switch as a control for these school-day routines?
Or is my best bet just to maintain two separate Modes (Home, and Home/NoSchool) with all the same routines minus the school-related ones in the latter?