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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today launched a fully redesigned website, which allows visitors to easily access helpful information and resources across from all devices, making CPS the first large school district in the country to provide a website that is consistent and user-friendly regardless of how students and families access the internet.
CPS also publically unveiled its new logo, which was created by students as part of a city-wide contest and represents children growing and ultimately graduating from CPS.
“The District’s new website and logo are the product of some of Chicago’s most creative students and CPS’s dedicated web services team,” said CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “We created a fully redesigned website that will better meet the needs of our entire school community, and I’m proud to introduce this site as we kick off a new, productive school year.”
CPS’s new website was built internally, without any outside resources or supplemental funding, by the district’s dedicated web services team, which has spent months building a new website that is faster, more responsive and easier to use. In order to accommodate the changing technological landscape, CPS’s new website has been engineered to be fully accessible from any mobile device.
As part of the district’s effort to better engage and empower families and communities, the redesigned website will allow visitors to more easily obtain relevant information and resources. The district’s new website was built with search in mind, allowing visitors to quickly find the information they are seeking. The website’s search engine is powered by Google and will take advantage of keyword optimization and content tagging to allow for quicker and more comprehensive searching.
Last spring, CPS encouraged students from all district schools to submit proposals for a new CPS logo. The district received 265 design submissions and selected 10 finalists, which were voted on by a panel including the CPS Board of Education, the Chicago Teachers Union, CPS’s Student Advisory Council and CEO Byrd-Bennett. The panel selected designs from Phuong Le and Ivan Delgado, who attend Lincoln Park High School and Prosser Career Academy, respectively. The students worked with a professional designer to merge designs into a final product that was refined by an internal design committee.
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students in 665 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.