August 29, 2012

Peel board launches school year with website makeover

Parent-focused website features updated design, intuitive navigation, improved search engine

Just in time for the new school year, the Peel District School Board has a new online look. The Peel board website, www.peelschools.org, has been redesigned to be more appealing and functional so users can find and subscribe to receive accurate and current information in a timely manner. The site went live on Aug. 28, 2012.

"We have our new board mission to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student, and we wanted our site to reflect that public commitment,” says Brian Woodland, director of communications and commuity relations for the Peel board. “From the start of this redesign, our goal was to create a site that addresses the information needs of parents and students. But, it's much more than just an information site. It's the best way to keep up-to-date with the latest news about Peel schools. With more than 20,000 website views a week, we know our website is a key communication tool for parent, student, staff and community outreach.”

One of the most popular features of the site is the subscription service. News releases, job postings, board agendas and board highlights are all available by electronic subscription. This free service provides the latest Peel board information automatically by email. Subscribers to the service are among the first to know about new programs and school activities.

Features of the new website include:

  • Parents section with grade-level appropriate tips to help students succeed at school and beyond
  • Students section with information about graduation requirements, 40 hours of community service, career planning, transcripts and more
  • New to Peel section with information about our programs for families who are new to Peel, e.g. information about the board's We Welcome the World Centres and settlement services
  • Trustees section with links to board meeting agendas, minutes and board policies
  • 40 multi-lingual microsites
  • section with new directly from Peel schools
  • Find Your School online tool
  • information about Adult Education, links to jobs with the Peel board and a section for staff
  • link to Student Transportation of Peel Region

The board has already been using popular social media sites such as YouTube, Twittter and Facebook. The Peel board will continue to increase the use of these tools to communicate with parents and community members.

Staff spent almost two years researching and developing the site. You can visit the new website at www.peelschools.org, follow the Peel board on Twitter at twitter.com/peelschools, or like the Peel board on Facebook at facebook.com/peelschools, or view videos on YouTube at youtube.com/PeelSchools.

The Peel board serves more than 150,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12. Operating 236 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel.

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Media contact: Brian Woodland, Director of Communications and Community Relations Support
Services, 905-890-1010 ext. 2812, [email protected]

Reference: Scott LaMantia, School Communications Specialist (acting),
[email protected], 905-890-1010 ext. 2098

Note to Media: Back-to-school Backgrounder

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