Columbia Public Schools website gets revamp after seven years

The Public schools in Colombia The website is getting a facelift after seven years.

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Work on the website continued throughout the past week, but the homepage was the first to be revamped.

“We are continuing to work on content migration and it will still take some time for old files to be cleaned up so that search is more reliable, but we are working on it,” district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark wrote. . E-mail.

Families were notified of the planned website redesign via email a few weeks ago. It’s a big job and work began in the 2021-22 school year, the post said.

“A redesign is no small feat for a district our size with a website of over 17,000 pages,” the post read. “Throughout the 2021-22 school year, we made subtle changes and cleaned up older content. Once we completed the research portion of the project, we gathered information and feedback from various stakeholders .”

A more device-friendly website was the plan, the post said.

“After conducting the survey, our main goal was to create a more user-centric and responsive website for our families to access on all platforms and devices, including a more mobile-responsive,” the message read. “Specifically, we wanted to focus on making it easier for families to find the information they need when they need it without having to resort to the search bar.”

There is a Find It Fast area at the top right of the home page; by clicking on “contact”, we find a handy list of buildings and building contacts.

Was the building contact list a new feature?

“The building contact list is actually not new,” Baumstark wrote in an email. “It was just buried. That’s why it was important for us to spend time gathering information about how our customers used the site and frequently searched for items.”

The old site was designed with a similar process, but user needs and habits change over time, Baumstark noted.

The site’s layout is based on “information we have collected about usage,” she wrote.

Also in Find it Fast: calendar, start times, transportation, lunch, find your school, CPS portal for families, CPS portal for staff and students, CPS app and portal login help.

The school year calendar can be found in this section and at the bottom of the homepage under “useful information”. He tells us the the first day of classes is August 23.

When redesigning the website, the district took into consideration those who are visually impaired and those who do not speak English, the message to families says.

“All pages also include a high-contrast toggle, designed to assist visually impaired users,” the post reads. “When enabled, this toggle allows users to switch to a high-contrast black and white version of the website. The website also includes built-in translation tools in a variety of languages ​​to translate every page instantly.”

The websites for each of the high schools had been redone on Friday, but the update had not been made on all middle and elementary schools.

Roger McKinney is the Tribune’s educational reporter. You can reach him at [email protected] or 573-815-1719. He’s on Twitter at @rmckinney9.

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