Redesigned HISD district website goes live

Welcome to the new HISD website.

The district’s new mobile-friendly website is designed to be more easily navigated and viewed from mobile devices. The way people access the internet is constantly evolving, and according to research, more people are relying on cell phones and other mobile devices to access important information.

Over the past several years, visits to the HISD website from mobile devices have been steadily increasing. During the 2013–2014 school year, there were 2.6 million website sessions initiated from mobile devices. In 2014-2015, that number grew to 3.5 million, an increase of nearly 35 percent.

The Communications Department held several focus groups during the past six months to gather feedback from parents, staff, and community members in developing the new website design. The improved navigation to the district’s most popular pages – school calendars, students’ grades, lunch menus, bus schedules, and volunteer information is a reflection of that important input.

“I am constantly on the go, so I rely on my cell phone to access various information on the HISD website,” said HISD volunteer and parent Monica Richart. “For example, I need to be able to find volunteer opportunities quickly. People want to help out at the schools and make donations, but they often don’t know how to do that.” That type of feedback guided the development of the website.

The new mobile-friendly website will be available in Spanish as well. More than 60 percent of HISD students are Hispanic, so the goal is to ensure that all families are able to access important resources.

In addition to the redesigned district website, all 283 HISD school websites are being updated to a mobile-friendly format to better serve our parents and students. This process will be underway throughout the upcoming school year.

The new website features compelling photographs, reader-friendly icons, and a streamlined presentation that will continue to keep parents, employees, and community members up-to-date on the latest HISD news, events, and success stories.

We welcome your comments and suggestions below.

14 thoughts on “Redesigned HISD district website goes live

  1. Kathryn Ballard

    It would be nice if the article fit a mobile screen. The right side cuts off on my iPad.

    1. HISD Communications

      That should be fixed now! Please let us know if you’re still experiencing a problem.

  2. Randal Jones

    Please, please, please drop the prompt asking to choose a language each time you go online! Once you’ve made this decision there’s no need to ask every time. It should be set up to default.

  3. Rene Rodriguez

    I cannot access the portal. Is this system wide or just me. There is only a week before reporting back and I cannot access my email using my laptop. Thanks

      1. AN

        Why am I not able to access insurance information or pay stubs from home? This is making it very difficult to find proper medical care within insurance guidelines.

        1. HISD Communications

          You should still be able to. To access your paystubs, login to the new employee portal and click “Employee Self Service” in the Quick Links menu below the features. Follow the directions there to login to PeopleSoft, then click the “payroll” tab” and “View paycheck.” You should see the last eight paychecks listed, and you can click “View paycheck” on any of them to see that particular date’s stub. A link to Benefits is also in the Quick Links menu on the employee portal homepage.

    1. HISD Communications

      A link to eTRAIN is under the Applications list on the home page of the new employee portal.

  4. Cherysh Furberg

    How can access E-Train? I need to register for training for next week assigned by my administrator.

    1. HISD Communications

      A link to eTRAIN is under the Applications list on the home page of the new employee portal.

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