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The original question was --

We're installing a division web server this summer and want to encourage

teachers to make webpages. However, we have some concerns about allowing

teachers to post their own and wonder if it should go through some
central person (people) for posting, or whether to use a less
restrictive way.

What do other divisions due to get school pages up on the Web?

The answers were heavily in favor of having some sort of centalized
person to upload and/or edit the pages, checking for contiunuity and
content. Scroll below my signature for the  answers I received.

Thanks for all of your help!

Sandy Parks
Harrisonburg High School
395 S. High School
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

At our school teachers can post their own web pages, but usually need
help of a more techically oriented student.   If a teacher can is may
changes to their own web pages,they are much more likely to get done
when a third party intermediary is needed. To me, this is the type of
that has to be done when the momentum is there.

Our school district only allows one person in each school to

post web pages to the school web site.  That person is
the library media specialist, who is also the technology
coordinator in each school (a district-wide practice).
Teachers and
students are encouraged to make instructional-related web
pages to post, but there are some pretty tight rules
has to abide by.

You might want to check out the Bellingham S.D. web
pages to see these rules.  I also list my guidelines for
students and staff at the bottom.

Designing School Home Pages

District Copyright Web Rules

Tenets of Web Design

Also, at my school, I post a page that is
pretty specific about how to publish on the
school's web site:

How to get your page published on the Sehome Web Site

We have one person doing our web page.  Teachers give her the info and
will post it.  She receives a VERY small stipend for this and does a

In our district we all have to post our webpages through a
central webmaster.  The reason given for this was that they wanted
over what went out - especially things like spelling and typos.  I
update my
webpage every week with our school newsletter.  It would be a whole lot
easier if I could just do it myself instead of fetching it to the
who then posts it whenever she gets to it.  She is supposed to do it
contractually within 27 hours of receipt, however there have been times
it has been weeks (over vacations) so I am less than satisfied.  The
that annoys me is that she doesn't read what I send her, she just posts
I know this because I have found errors on my pages.  As you can see I
am a
bit frustrated.  I am going to approach the powers that be next year and

plead that with my track record and consistent updating I should have
access.  Good luck.


God, don't let them FTP the information!  You'll have such a discrepancy
in content, and spelling errors, you name it.  Someone (unfortunately,
me) has to monitor the situation.  Teachers need guidelines, and they
need to revise as necessary.

In my district each school has a web master who is at the school. That
person posts the pages for the school. If an individual teacher has a
that will be linked to or added to the school site I think the school
webmaster would be the appropriate person. We have a district webmaster
takes care of the district page and many of the sub pages under that
are not school pages.Some of the other pages have individual webmasters
they post those pages too. We do have district webpage policies for
to follow so things are pretty consistant. Hope this helps.


Our web server and EACH FOLDER IN IT are password protected so I can get

into the web server, but then I can only get into the Media folder.
way the only page I can possibly mess up is the Media Center's!  :)  The

same is done for our Staff pages.  Pat


One person needs to be responsible for checking pages for content and
compatibility with the
server.  Yes, it smacks of censorship but since the school can be held
responsible for what's on
a page, it needs control over the page.  Do a web search for policies.
Bellingham (WA) has an
excellent one that is available for viewing on the web.

In the Augusta County system, the policy is that the principal is
responsible for the web page and is therefore expected to appprove the
content at least. In a few cases the principal actually edits the web
page; other schools have them built by teachers, the media specialist,
or in at least one school students who've learned the skill at the
Governors School.

We have a web manager (like me) for each school in our district who has
main authority for
posting pages. We also are trying to develop departmental web managers
for individual
departments. All lmaterials posted tot he web have to meet certain
criteria for content, dates,
editorial checking, title, student names, etc.


You need one webmaster to maintain the overall tone(uniformity of look
feel) and to set up links BETWEEN pages on the same site.   There should
the same opening design (like letterhead) so that a person knows
intuitively when they are still at your site or if they have strayed off

somewhere else.
We give freedom to teachers to design their own pages off links to their

departments.  Some choose to have their web page through their home
internet account, others are getting free pages through schoolnotes.com,

which is fine.  But if their pages are to be on our server, all must
with the same "letterhead" signature graphics.

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