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Guidelines for Web Pages

Guidelines for Web Pages

Comfort Independent School District requires campuses (Comfort High School, Comfort Middle School, Comfort Elementary School, and Athletic Department) and individual teachers to create their own web sites within the guidelines and parameters of our Web Site software (provided by netStart Services). The intent of these sites is to provide information about curriculum, instruction, school activities, and other general information relating to the class, school, or District. All web site information and use must comply with the District Acceptable Use Policy Agreement, and Accessibility Guidelines.

Web Site Content

The purpose of District sponsored web sites is twofold: (1) to make parents, students, and the community aware of school, classroom, and student activities, and (2) to foster communication among those groups. To this end, all District web sites must include the information outlined in the following section.

For Schools

For Teachers

Required

  • Contact information (including email addresses) for the school, Principal, administrative staff and all teachers.
  • Mission, philosophy and achievements of the school.
  • Departmental and organizational information.
  • School year calendar that includes all significant school events.
  • Links to each teacher's individual web site and email.
  • Copyright symbol and link to the District Copyright Policy.
  • A link to the District site.
  •  A link to the Texas Department of Education Curriculum Standards
  • Recommended
  •  Extra-curricular activities sponsored by the school
  • Student work, activities, and achievements
  • Courses offered, including course content
  • Newsletter or school newspaper
  • Other information deemed appropriate by the Principal
  • Community Resources

 

Required
 
  • Syllabus
  • Homework Page (weekly or daily)
  • Calendar of Events
  • Contact Information
  • Class work
  • Information about current units of study
  • "About the Teacher" information

 

 

All subject matter on web pages must relate to curriculum, instruction, school activities, or general information that is relevant and appropriate. Web pages for individuals or organizations not directly affiliated with the District are not allowed.

Student work should be published when it relates to a class project, course, or other school-related activity. No personal information, such as home phone numbers or addresses, should be included for any student. Schools, teachers and staff members, however, must provide email and work telephone contact information on their web pages as a convenient means of communication for their web site visitors.

Links in web pages that reference sites not associated with Comfort Independent School District are prohibited. Links to business partners or curriculum-related sites may be used if approved by the principal.

The District reserves the right, without notice, to remove any link that references a web site deemed inappropriate or contrary to District policies.

Web Site Supervision

Principals are responsible for their school and teacher web sites. Due to the dynamic nature of the web, it is not feasible for Principals to pre-approve every alteration or addition to the school web site. The School Web Coordinator (SWC) or teacher should make content decisions. However, the Principal should make it a routine practice to browse all pages in the site. It is the responsibility of the Principal to ensure the web sites follow all policies and procedures of Comfort Independent School District and that the school and teacher web pages are complete, current in content, and fully functional.  The Athletic Director is responsible to review and ensure that all Athletic Department web pages follow all policies and procedures of Comfort Independent School District and are complete, current in content, and fully functional.

An Evaluation Checklist is available on this web site and may be used for self-evaluation by the web site creator, by Principals, or their designated subordinates, to evaluate the status of school and teacher web sites.

The District reserves the right to remove any web pages deemed inappropriate or contrary to District policies. If author contact information is current, the author will be contacted and informed that the web page has been removed.

Teacher Web Site Evaluation

The purpose of this evaluation is to provide teachers with a self-assessment rubric to evaluate their website.

These evaluation standards have been developed from a review of the best K - 12 school web sites on the internet. To use this rubric, assign a score for each category, then add the scores. 

Site Content

  Score

0 -  5

6 - 12

13 - 20

 

  • Site does not present a "picture" of the classes
  • Many pages are out of date
  • No Mission / philosophy or contact information is present
  • No links to syllabus or standards are present
  • No class rules are present· Site lacks content and purpose
  • Mission / philosophy and contact information are present
  • Class rules are present
  • Links to syllabus and standards are present
  • Class detail may be present, but not all
  • Site presents a fair picture of the classes
  • Site is content 'rich'
  • Mission / philosophy statement is present
  • Teacher information, class assignments and details are all present and current
  • Student activities are prominent
  • A clear picture of classroom life is evident

 

Student Work

 

0 -  5

6 - 12

13 - 20

 

  • Few, if any, student projects are published
  • Projects are limited to basic home pages
  • Projects show limited editing or proofing
  • Some student work is present
  • Teacher-created information about student projects (rather than actual student work) predominates
  • Student projects are limited to only a few individuals
  • Some ongoing projects are present
  • Projects show some evidence of editing and proofing
  • Student projects are a significant feature
  • Projects are from a variety of individuals
  • Projects feature original student work, including drawings, writing, photographs, videos, etc.
  • Projects are related to curriculum· Ongoing projects are present
  • Projects show strong evidence of editing and proofing.

 

Design

 

0 - 5

6 - 10

11 - 15

 

  • Pages do not show evidence of overall design or layout
  • Graphics and logos are poor quality
  • Text is difficult to read
  • Page design changes throughout the site
  • Graphics are excessive and distracting
  • Page show some evidence of overall design or layout
  • Consistent use of colors, fonts, icons, backgrounds
  • Graphics are mostly of good quality
  • Text is not easy to read in all instances
  • Pages show clear evidence of overall design themes
  • Graphics are of high quality and fast to load
  • Text is easy to read in all instances

 

Navigation

 

0 - 3

4 - 6

7 - 10

 

  • Navigation is missing or inconsistent
  • Different methods of navigation are used
  • User feels lost or stranded
  • Buttons or links do not act predictably
  • User must use "Back" or "Go" buttons in browser to navigate
  • Frames (if used) are not targeted correctly and create confusion
  • No link to school / district home page
  • Buttons and text links usually work predictably
  • Some inconsistency with navigation conventions
  • User might need to resort to browser controls for navigation in some cases
  • Frames (if used) are mostly consistent but do not contribute to navigation and user experience
  • Link to school / district home page is present but may not be used consistently throughout site
  • Navigation is consistent
  • Buttons and links work predictably
  • Navigation conventions are clear
  • User is never lost or stranded
  • Frames (if used) are targeted correctly and aid in navigation and user experience
  • Main links are repeated at the bottom of every page
  • Links to school / district home page are present and consistent

 

Timeliness

 

0 - 3

4 - 6

7 - 10

 

  • Pages are rarely updated· Old pages are presented as new or current
  • E-mail addresses or contact information are not present
  • Dates for upcoming projects are already past
  • Pages with "under construction" messages are common and not updated
  • Pages are updated infrequently
  • Some "under construction" messages persist
  • E-mail and contact address are current
  • Some project dates are past
  • Pages are updated regularly
  • Material is dated correctly
  • E-mail and contact address are current
  • Ongoing projects are truly current
  • No "under construction" messages

 

Class Activity Calendar

 

0 - 1

2 - 3

4 - 5

 

  • No class activity calendars are present
  • Activity calendars are out of date
  • Class activity calendar is present but links to school calendars are not present
  • Activity calendars are mostly up to date but may omit some events
  • Class activity calendars are always up to date and reliable
  • Calendars are updated frequently
  • Links are provided to district and other applicable calendars

 

Homework

 

0 - 1

2 - 3

4 - 5

 

  • No homework assignments are present
  • Some homework assignments are present, but not always current
  • Homework assignments are complete and current
  • Class schedule is posted well into the future.

 

Student Resources

 

0 - 1

2 - 3

4 - 5

 

  • No links or information about resources is present.
  • Some links or information about resources
  • Some information may not be current.
  • Too many links are listed and do not summarize the content at the destination.
  • Links and information about a variety of resources are present and current
  • Links show evidence of careful selection.
  • Each link provides a summary of the content

 

Student Help (Content Outlines / Teacher Created Explanations)

 

0 - 1

2 - 3

4 - 5

 

  • No additional help is provided.
  • Student help is present but infrequent or incomplete.
  • Student help is present, complete and thorough.

 

Legal/Guidelines

 

0 - 1

2 - 3

4 - 5

 

  • Copyrighted images are used without permission
  • Pages do not comply with district guidelines.
  • Copyrighted images are used with permission but not always clearly credited
  • Pages mostly comply with district guidelines.
  • Copyrighted images are used with permission and clearly credited
  • All pages comply with district guidelines.