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Eight District 196 schools migrate to new website platform as part of districtwide redesign

Heading into winter break, we have some exciting news regarding our phased website redesign process: Eight more schools are now on our new content management system! Area Learning Center; Black Hawk Middle School; Dakota Ridge; Transition Plus; Falcon Ridge Middle School; School of Environmental Studies; Oak Ridge School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences, and Rosemount Elementary are now on our Finalsite platform. 

These new sites features media-rich, mobile-first design that is visually pleasing, practical on content and accessible to visitors with disabilities. The design provides a unified look across the district while allowing each school to maintain its unique identity with the use of colors, logo and content. 

All school websites will have front-page access to news and announcements, and a calendar of events with feeds and reminder alerts. The system offers predictive search capabilities and the ability to publish content once and share it across all sites simultaneously. When there is a change to the school schedule due to weather, for example, visitors to and all school websites that have launched on the Finalsite platform will receive an emergency pop-up notification to inform them of the schedule change.   

Highlights of the new website

  • Front-page access to news, announcements and calendar events;
  • Predictive search capabilities;
  • Human-translated language pages and option to translate the page in over 100 languages;
  • Content that can be shared across all schools;
  • Page pop-ups in the event of emergencies or weather delays/cancellations, and
  • Responsive, mobile-friendly design.

We focused on the needs of our student, families and staff when creating our new designs. And we appreciate your patience as we make this exciting change.

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