Find information faster with the newly designed PCSD website
August 26, 2019
The Parma City School District is proud to release a new website!
A fresh look for the 2019-2020 school year, www.parmacityschools.org has a clean, modern and easy-to-use interface to help families, staff and the community get the information they need quickly.
“One of our main goals of the new website was to better connect students, parents, staff and the community to the wealth of information we have available on our website,” explained Dan Rajkovich, PCSD Public Relations Supervisor. “We wanted to improve functionality, clean-up outdated materials and simplify navigation, so people can find what they are looking for with less clicks.”
Each building homepage features ‘Find It Fast’ buttons as well as a ‘Quick Links’ section that helps connect families to the most visited and essential district resources and information.
There is also a new calendar view, with upcoming events prominently displayed at the district and building levels. Bigger news feed and Monitor sections allows users to stay current on what’s happening throughout the PCSD.
“We based a lot of the new changes, like the Quick Links, Find It Fast and easier to read calendar, on feedback we received through surveys completed by our stakeholders,” Rajkovich shared. “Things like transportation, menus, calendars, Home Access and staff directories were mentioned frequently in the survey results. This was also supported by other analytics we use to track traffic and clicks on our website.”
Another key component of the website is providing more opportunities for parents and guardians to connect with their child’s teacher and become involved at their child’s school.
“On all of the elementary school websites, each grade has its own staff directory, with contact information so parents can reach their child’s teacher quickly and easily,” he expressed. “There is also more information on how to get involved with PTA and other programs in the buildings.”
The website includes a more adaptive display, giving those who are accessing the website from a smartphone or mobile device a better user experience. The website will condense or expand, based on the size of the screen, while clearly displaying all the information found on the website.
Additionally, the website has more accessibility features to help people of all abilities successfully access and receive important information.
A high-contrast toggle at the top of the page will help those will visual impairments to better read content and view material on the site. There is the option to translate the website into about 100 different languages, as well.
The website is more visually interesting, with a large video and photo display placed at the top, as well as more photos of students and staff throughout the website. There are also more opportunities for graphics and visual elements to be integrated into the website design.
“We are going to be updating the photos and videos on a more routine basis as to highlight the good and positive things happening throughout the year at our schools,” Rajkovich described. “I think people are really going to like this new look.”