About the Client
Wild Rose School Division (WRSD), a long-time Box Clever Education client, decided it was time to give its division website a refreshed look and feel. The new division website design showcases the faces of WRSD and creates an emotional connection to the division for its visitors. In addition to updating the division website in 2014, WRSD also took the opportunity to bring all school sites onto the WebGuide for Schools CMS.
WRSD was an early adopter of apps for school divisions, using our Bus Status app to notify parents and students about school bus delays, and being the first school district to launch SchoolGuide, our app that lets schools send reminders, emergency alerts, news and events directly to parents' phones.
The SchoolGuide App
In 2017 WRSD launched the SchoolGuide app for iOS and Android, giving schools a new way to reach parents with emergency notices, reminders and news. WRSD schools can send notifications from WebGuide for Schools straight to the app on parents' phones, so parents don't have to be on the website to be notified about emergencies or reminded about important events. News, events and contact information entered in WebGuide for Schools is pushed instantly to the school website and the app, opening up a new communication channel for schools without creating any more work for school staff.
With a strong focus on WRSD students, the fully responsive Wild Rose School Division website continues to feature big, bright photos taken by school staff. The integration of Bus Status, online calendars and easily searchable documents combine to make the user experience streamlined and enjoyable. The look of the new site is modern and clean, an aesthetic that naturally encourages users to click through and explore all of the new features available to them.
In order to increase communication with the school division community, social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are prominently displayed on the homepage to draw attention to the most recent school activities and news items.
Another brilliant feature of the site is a dynamic map of all the schools within the division. If users are looking to contact a specific school, they can use this page to search and filter to find the contact information they need in a timely manner.
The seamless integration with the division’s Active Directory system allows staff at Wild Rose to login to Box Clever Education’s custom CMS, WebGuide for Schools, using their everyday network login credentials. With WebGuide for Schools, staff can easily update and manage content anytime, with just a few clicks.
All in all, another beautiful, functional website from the team at Box Clever Education.
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 Wild Rose 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!