The William Floyd School District has officially launched its revamped website, this time along with a new mobile app.
The district revamps the website every five years, making aesthetic upgrades and updates to meet changing technologies. The new site is updated to work with additional web browsers and is ADA-compliant. It also adjusts to phones, tablets and computers, and will automatically adjust to the standard size, according to an architect of the website, who couldn’t be named for security reasons.
Officials said a lot of access happens on mobile devices, and the website does a better job of adjusting to different screens. The website can now directly integrate multimedia, which includes video, photo and stories. The home page has a video right now of William Floyd events, but it can be adapted for different media.
The website also has a new feature called Page Pop, which allows school officials to send out messages to any or all pages of the website. So if you’re looking at information for a certain school and there’s an emergency message, that message will pop up on your screen.
Security was a priority for the redesign, according to officials. The website is hosted off-site, so if the power or the server at the district goes down, the website would not be affected.
The app is a new feature and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. While not a complete mirror of the website, it has content to keep people informed. There’s a calendar of school events, a calendar of athletic events and news updates from the district. The app can be accessed without Internet access but will not update to the newest content, only what was available the previous time you checked in with Internet.
“After a year-and-a-half of behind-the-scenes research and preparation, we excited to provide our residents with a revamped website with new and improved features across the board,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools, William Floyd School District. “Two-way communication is essential to a successful school district and we want to ensure that we are giving our families the best interactive web experience possible.”