About the Client
Box Clever Education worked with the Lloydminster Public School Division (LPSD) to design a new district site and new websites for all of the schools in their division. Built on Box Clever's WebGuide for Schools CMS, the district website integrates seamlessly with the division’s Active Directory system and is easy for administrators to update and intuitive to use.
In addition to the division and school websites, LPSD has integrated our StaffConnect system for internal communication, our Human Resources module to manage the entire staff hiring process online, and the Bus Status system for notifying families about school bus delays and cancellations.
LPSD's website was built with students and parents in mind to allow visitors to find information quickly and easily. The home page includes upcoming events, current news stories, and features a custom module that pulls live Tweets from school Twitter accounts and displays them on the home page, driving engagement with the LPSD community.
We gave the division website a design refresh in 2017, adding some new features including a calendar that merges all events at the division's schools into a single calendar so visitors can see all the great things happening across LPSD in one place.
We've helped LPSD streamline their administrative processes by integrating these features with the division website:
- A built-in Human Resources system that allows the division to quickly post jobs, accept applications, sort applicants and remove job postings once they are filled. Employees and applicants are able to create their own accounts and update their information as it changes.
- StaffConnect, a secure intranet that houses the division's teaching resources, policies and procedures, documents, internal news and events.
- Bus Status, which allows the division to update the status of school buses in real time. The changes are reflected on the division and school websites, social media, and pushed to the app on parents' iOS and Android devices. The Bus Status app is free for students and parents to download.
LPSD's website won the 2014 Outstanding Achievement award, the second highest honour bestowed by IMA and an extremely challenging award to win. Winners of the award represent a very high standard of planning, execution and overall professionalism.
When it comes to school website design, straight-forward navigation is key. Schools need to communicate with parents and students as efficiently as possible. At Box Clever Education, we created a custom content management system (CMS) called WebGuide for Schools that creates consistency across all websites in the district. Each school is on the same CMS, each website has the same features and tools, and they are all branded as part of Lloydminster Public School Division. This consistent layout and feel ensures that all visitors are able to get the information they need quickly and easily.
Admin time is significantly reduced thanks to our simple-to-use system and effective setup and training. A half-day training session for staff is typically all the time schools need to create websites that are fully-populated and ready to launch! The system is so easy to understand that the designated staff members trained by our team at Box Clever are able to return to their schools and provide training to the rest of the school's staff. WebGuide for Schools also allows staff members to have access to multiple school sites, along with access at the district level.
Each school can choose from a selection of modern website themes designed by our team of professional web designers, and can further customize their site by choosing their colours, layout, and more. If a school is looking for a fresh, new look it’s as easy as logging into WebGuide and selecting a new website theme - all content is automatically switched over to the new theme without any additional work. A website refresh has never been so easy!