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Request School Websites to be Hosted on PEI Government Server

Resolution Number: 2020-4
Submitted by: Birchwood Home and School Association

WHEREAS    families rely on school websites to access information on current and upcoming events, and standard school information, and

WHEREAS    there is no guide for ensuring consistency of look or feel of school websites across the province, and

WHEREAS    parents, caregivers, students, and other stakeholders have a range in experience and familiarity with navigating websites, and

WHEREAS    ensuring ease of access to school information for parents and students enhances and increases the quality of the school experience, and

WHEREAS    the security of the information and images on school websites require safeguards from hacking,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that PEI Home and School Federation request the Public Schools Branch, and the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning to work with the schools across the province to discuss the following:

  1. School websites will be hosted on the PEI Government server, providing a higher level of security, and an established website design template and consistent layout for easy navigation. Schools will maintain flexibility to personalize their school website beyond these essentials.

  1. Schools will have access to IT and Web Development supports to implement an initial updating of their websites, where necessary, and ongoing support at appropriate times in the year to maintain the school website, where necessary.

  1. Schools will have access to training for those staff who are responsible for in-house web site maintenance at appropriate times in the year, providing proper skill development to maintain consistency over time.

DESTINATION:        Public Schools Branch

                                    Department Education and Lifelong Learning

Status: Passed
Monday, September 14, 2020

Destination:Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture
Public Schools Branch

EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING (January 25, 2021):  I am happy to report that an initiative is underway to transition school websites in the PSB and CSLF to government servers. An intern has been hired by IT Shared Services to complete this work. The sites will have a standard look and feel and will be developed in Drupal using a conventional URL naming convention. There are currently 22 schools who have either launched or are in the process of migrating their school website to the government template.
This should help to ensure parents see consistent school websites as their children move from school to school throughout the province. IT Shared Services will provide support to schools during the transition and on an ongoing basis.

The following link would provide a listing of the schools and you can click an individual school to go to their site. Sherwood would be an example of one site that has been updated. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/public-schools