Why it Matters
As a public agency and educational organization, Canyons School District is committed to making its websites accessible to all students, parents, patrons and employees. This means making information available in multiple languages and following accessibility standards toward complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
What is Web Accessibility?
Web accessibility refers to the design and publishing practices we use to remove barriers that may prevent people who have disabilities from interacting with our webpages. Our District and school sites are designed with accessibility in mind. The blogs and headers, for example, were designed to be clean and clutter-free while providing a good contrast between the text and the background. All our web properties work on mobile devices and multiple browsers. They also are organized to meet the user’s needs, or to be easy to navigate and consistent in how they function.
But there are additional steps that web managers can take when publishing blog posts, adding hyperlinks and embedding images.
“A website has three components: design, structure and content. But no-one visits a website for its design or structure, only for its content. Good design and good structure support content, but the content itself must be valuable.”
Why Websites Matter
In today’s era of school choice, the K12 profession has become a crowded field with public schools striving to differentiate themseves from private institutions, charter schools, and magnet programs. Not only are school districts competing for students, they’re competing to recruit and retain the best teachers—which is why they must market themselves in much the same way that most businesses do. Now, more than ever, schools must communicate effectively about their achievements, programs, student services, and extracurricular activities. Canyons District’s family of more than 60 websites are a living record of the District and its schools, and the anchor bbehind our brand and its communications efforts.
- Your website is the main way that people interact with you most of the time. For many people, your website is your school.
- Many people visit your website before they visit your campus or office, or before they email or phone you. First impressions count.
- Remember, it’s not about you. Your website does not exist for you to tell people things; it exists for people to find out things about you.