July 22, 2018

New school district, new mobile-friendly web site

cvsdvt.org set to launch next week

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

The target audience for a school district website is parents who, increasingly, are accessing the internet while on the go.

The new website for the Champlain Valley School District — set to launch next week at cvsdvt.org — will recognize that reality by incorporating a “responsive” design that adapts to phones and tablets.

Construction of the new site is behind schedule. Since August, anyone going to the cvsdvt.org web address has been redirected to a temporary site with just enough scheduling and contact information to suffice for the opening of the year. The former Chittenden South Supervisory Union site (cssu.org) has been taken down, and anyone going there is also redirected to the temporary site.

Design of the site was completed in April. But the site host, a company called Blackboard that specializes in school websites, has been behind schedule in coding the site, said Champlain Valley School District network administrator Nancy Colbourn.

“We thought this would be done in early to mid-August,” she said.

The new website will reflect the unification this year of the former Chittenden South Supervisory Union. Information that was duplicated across the five former school district sections of the old site will be unified under a central Champlain Valley School District section, Colbourn said.

Visitors will see new navigation buttons at the top of the site that include: Families, Services, Curriculum and Teams.

District officials planned to update the old site to make it display better on mobile devices regardless of the school district consolidation. But the consolidation made for “perfect timing,” Colbourn said.

“People aren’t sitting in front of a computer screen anymore,” she said. “Parents are used to using their phones to find out what’s going on.”

The new site will also be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, including features that allow visually impaired visitors to use the site.

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