ECSS to unveil new websites for schools

Published 10:21 am Monday, March 6, 2023

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Parents will soon be able to know the goings on at their child’s school, according to Escambia County School System officials.

According to a release, by the middle of March, each school in the system will have a website that will give parents a real-time look at their child’s scholastic development. Parents will be able to see test scores, if homework is completed, and what the students are reading.

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Assistant Superintendent Michele Collier said along with current events at the school, the website will have recognitions of excellence.

According to a release, the websites will all have the same format – a simple, user-friendly template that will make it an easy connection for parents, while providing a help desk for teachers and administrators, along with a simplified work order system for supplies.

The sites will also connect to the district’s main website, with an updated calendar each day. Collier said the websites having the same format puts the system’s We Are One motto on the same page.

“It’s a fresh, new rebranding with our mission statement,” Collier said.

One person from each school is responsible for the website.

Each school will have one person responsible for that school’s website. The representatives recently gathered for a class on the websites.

John Stephens, a computer science and business education teacher at Escambia County Middle School, said the new websites make things easier for teachers while providing an open book for parents.

“The new platform is more user-friendly, very streamlined and makes it easy to reverse mistakes,” Stephens said. “It’s a one-stop shop for communication with parents, so they can stay abreast of what’s going on.”

Rachel Patterson Elementary School Assistant Principal Leslie Sellers said the websites make it easier for her to connect with parents.

“We’ll be able to send out more communication to parents, and show them more about what we’re doing,” Sellers said. “We can communicate within the classroom with parents.”

Collier said parents can find basic information on things like registration. They can also sign up for a notify me alert, which will let them know when new information is posted on the website.

Websites include a link to Schoology for parents to check grades. Schoology also emails parents every Friday if they provided their email address.