Website Content Guidelines
more detailed information here
Use of Student
An opening site page should provide a summary
statement describing the purpose of the page. Page titles
should reflect page content.
Ideally, your school's newsletter should
be featured on your site; either a downloadable version of your
school newsletter (in html or pdf format) - or - consider
creating an online version. Also, please refer to
writing an effective school newsletter.
Be sure to develop a plan and name a
Web Coordinator - a person
who is responsible for regularly updating website information.
- School and office internal links might
Use of Student
Names/Photos/Identification on the web
- Student Projects
- Calendar of Events
E-mail addresses of former students, age
18 and older, may be included upon permission of the former
students. E-mail addresses of current students may not be included.
The previous Media Release form is no longer
required for use of photos on AACPS websites. Parents fill out an
Emergency Notification form at the beginning of the year which
denotes whether their child's information can appear on AACPS
Effective pages draw in outside
visitors. Be sure to ask the members of your school community: “What
content are we offering our school community and people outside our
community?” and “Do our pages reflect the uniqueness of our
Page layouts should be simple, clean and
attractive. When using graphics, be sure to consider the amount of
time required to load graphics.
For speed of loading, keep
graphics to a reasonable size. Consider keeping the number of
graphics on one page to a minimum and compress graphic files
For graphics larger than the above
specifications, consider using a separate thumbnail link and be sure
to inform the user of the original size of the graphic.
Whenever possible, it is always best to
use original graphics. Graphics and clip art obtained from the
Internet must be properly referenced. Be aware that web pages are
subject to current copyright laws. Copyright guidelines are
available from your school media specialist. In general, graphics
should be related to school activities or student projects.
Provide a text alternative
<ALT="description of image"> tag to images for those users who
cannot or choose not to use graphics (section 508 specifications)
While we recognize the
interactive nature of the web, we are also aware of the school system's
responsibility to provide a reliable, safe learning environment in which
students can work. Outside links from school and central office web
pages are allowed, based on the following established criteria for
selection of outside sites:
instructionally based sites
(well-known - not run by an individual),
sites of non-profit
partnerships/educational institutions/governmental agencies (i.e.
Department of Natural Resources, Johns Hopkins University);
PTA/PTO/PTSO sites as long as the sites
do not link to businesses or for profit fundraising companies or
contain advertising* (see below). It is the obligation of the public schools not
to promote commercialism;
regularly updated sites that provide
daily or weekly updated information such as homework assignments,
changes in athletic schedules; sports scores for school teams. These
sites should not have links to for profit businesses.
Online Advertising (on AACPS.org)
*AACPS does not provide advertising services, including
web links, on our website to outside entities. From time to time, where
appropriate, we allow schools to post relevant information about
specific agencies and/or events when it is beneficial to AACPS students
and/or parents. AACPS reserves the right to decide the specific
information we allow on our entire network of websites.
When using hyperlinks where you are not
sure of the changing content, the following approved language can appear
when the user clicks on the link:
You are leaving the AACPS website.
The link you have just selected is an independently managed website and
is not affiliated with Anne Arundel County
While every effort has been made to evaluate the sites to which we link,
we cannot control the content that may appear on these sites or on
related links. Please be advised that you are leaving the official Anne
Arundel County Public Schools' website and materials found on these
associated links are not approved or sanctioned by the school system.
- or -
You can use the following code in your hyperlinks (you do not have to
include the language above if you use this code).
Link name goes here</a>
Media Release Permission
NOTE: The previous Media Release form
is no longer required for use of
photos on AACPS web sites. Parents fill out
an Emergency Notification form at the
beginning of the year which addresses this
Web Page Assistance
Assistance is available
through Web Services, located in the Communications Office.
Services for questions on content & process, design, posting
process, & technical issues.