Palliser Regional Schools
About the Client
Palliser Regional Schools offers full public education services to approximately 7,200 students from children in early learning programs through Grade 12. Palliser has 15 community schools, 17 Hutterian colony schools, 10 Christian alternative schools, nine of which are in Calgary on seven different campuses, four outreach programs, an on-line school, and two Low German Mennonite alternative programs.
About the Project
Box Clever has been thrilled to work with Palliser Regional School Division to move them off of Breeze and on to WebGuide for Schools. With WebGuide CMS staff of all technical abilities can easily update all 27 school websites as well as the division site, and can publish division documents such as policies and procedures to all of those sites using StaffConnect.
Palliser also launched our Bus Status iPhone App, which connects to our Transportation system. All bus statuses are updated from the division site which pushes notifications out to the App as well as the school websites. Palliser Regional Schools are now equipped with beautiful, functional websites and an integrated system that makes publishing content to the web simple and easy
It’s how the modern age is working. Everybody wants to have as much information at their fingertips as possible and we’re happy to be able to provide that with the bus app.
- David Shaw, Transportation Services Supervisor
The Best in Class award is the highest honour bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards. It represents the very best in planning, execution and overall professionalism. In order to win this award level, our sites had to successfully pass through a comprehensive judging process, achieving very high marks in each of the judging criteria - an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each year
When it comes to school website design, straight forward navigation is key. Parents, teachers, and students need to communicate with each other, which can be difficult to do. At Box Clever, we created a custom Content Management System, WebGuide for Schools (WGS) that creates consistency throughout the whole district. Each school is on the same CMS, each website has the same features and tools, and they are all branded as part of Palliser Regional Schools. This consistent layout and feel ensures that all visitors are quickly and easily able to get the information that they need.
Admin time is significantly reduced thanks to our simple to use system and effective set up and training. A half-day training session for staff is typically all the time that many schools need to create their fully-populated, ready to launch websites! The system is so easy to understand that the designated staff members trained by our team at Box Clever are then able to return to their schools and provide training to the rest of their school. WebGuide for Schools also allows for staff to have access to multiple school sites, along with access at the district level.
Each school has the choice of 30+ website templates and the option of customizing those templates by implementing a custom colour or design. If a school is looking for a fresh, new look it’s as easy as logging into WebGuide and selecting a new template - all content is automatically switched over to the new template without any additional work. A refresh has never been so easy!