Proven Structure M1 for School Districts

Distant Horizon specializes in web site design for school districts. We treat a school district like the large corporation it is, with many stakeholders and a definite need for clear identity and professionalism. The district site supports a framework for each school to have its own identity and navigational structure, while still remaining faithful to the overall, unified design of the district as a whole.

When launched with its default design skeleton, the system can be live within 24 hours on a new or existing domain and new content contributors can be productively adding content with no programming or HTML knowledge with about 20 minutes of training. This system is built for speed, reliability, ease-of-use, and large amounts of content.

School-Specific Features

In addition to all of the features of our corporate content management system, PSM1 for Schools has tools designed specifically for school districts and individual schools.

The Virtual Backpack is an eco-friendly online distribution system that saves resources and time required to sort and handle materials. Designated users can upload flyers and handouts, which can then be printed at home or handled virtually.

Customizable online registration system that handles incoming new students as well as returning students. The system determines which information parents need to submit and calculates payment information -- which can also be submitted online.

Our optional Teacher Pages™ system allows every teacher to contribute content to the web site without affecting the branding or reliability of the web site.

School Board

Set your school board meeting schedules and upload content, such as agendas and meeting minutes, to make available to the public.

Student Resources

Student Resources allow students to store login information for multiple web-based learning resources.

Emergency Mode

In the instance of an emergency, such as a snow day, Emergency Mode puts necessary information to parents on your home page with just the click of a button.

Calendar System

Our optional Calendar System allows an unlimited number of separate web-based calendars with separate editing privileges. Users can view district events as well as events for each individual school within the district.

School Information

Each school is treated like a separate site without compromising the design integrity or branding of the overall district. Information is added once and propagates throughout the whole site whenever that school is referenced.

Application Integration

Our district sites easily integrate with third-party school management applications such as PowerSchool and Ventures for Excellence.

Individual Schools

With our unified school district sites, individual schools belonging to the district have their own pages and navigational structure, allowing for each school to have its own unique identity with school colors, mascots, or other branding, without compromising the overall branding or structure of the district site.

Some notable features include:

  • No limit on number of navigational structures
  • No limit on number of pages
  • Inherent mobile support that uses, but also goes beyond, bootstrap and responsive approaches to content delivery
  • One click publish/unpublish - pages are never deleted, they are archived to prevent accidental deletion
  • Navigational structures can be swapped or relocated on the fly with no programming
  • Four levels of depth with universal leveling that makes it easy to reorganize content as volume and complexity increases.
  • Content elements can be sent from one page to another to avoid redundant data entry or "cut and paste" labor
  • Each site is deployed as its own codeset, allowing total flexibility and no hoping and waiting a cloud-based software vendor will roll out improvements