Portland schools to launch new website

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PORTLAND — The School Department will launch a new website on Feb. 2, aiming to improve navigation and with a translation feature for users whose native language is not English.

In addition to the department site, portlandschools.org, each city school will have its own related site. According to a press release, because previous content management was not very user-friendly, some individual schools developed their own external sites, leading to inconsistency for the district.

The new website, which will be hosted by SharpSchool, will have consistent branding and navigation tools. Schools will also be able to make their own modifications.

For the translation component, the district is working with the Multilingual Center to decide which languages will be available in the feature. Other features will allow schools to create and send newsletters directly from the site, and manage forms, like permission slips, completely online.

The existing website is expected to experience some downtime the
weekend before the launch.

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