Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/5/2019 - 7:00 PM
Category: INFORMATION / DISCUSSION ITEMS
Type: Info
Subject: 9.1 District Communication Update
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Attachment Summary: The District Communication Update report is attached.
File Attachment:
3.5.19 District Communication Update.pdf
Quick Summary / Abstract: Staff will present an overview of current District communication tools and procedures in use to support LCAP Goal #3: Enhance Parent and Community Engagement and Communication.
Background: Fulfilling our district’s mission - each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world - depends on students being successful in school. Family engagement is one of the single most important factors in ensuring student success in school. With the advent of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), educators in California have been charged with engaging families in the education of their children. Family engagement begins with, and is sustained through, effective communication.

On April 17, 2018, our Board of Education approved the acquisition of website, mobile app, and mass communication tools that have the capacity for state-of-the-art communication between schools and families, schools and students, and schools and community. Implementation of the new products began in Fall 2018 and is ongoing throughout 2018-19. This report is meant to update our Board and community on the current status and future plans and goals for the enhancement of District communication.
Status Our district’s Community Engagement Department continues to support the ongoing development and enhancement of District communication practices and procedures. As a result of our transition to upgraded technological communication tools, all teachers can now communicate directly and efficiently with their families. Our district app puts the important messages and choices in the parent or guardians’ hands. Social media platforms, each with its own focus, work together to engage the community around us. Our department staff members look forward to continuing to improve the website so that it becomes a robust resource for families and students.

In addition to direct communication with parents, guardians, and community members, we have organized methods of outreach to our community that offer multiple ways for staying informed and for participating in our schools. Media outreach, public events, and parent education and involvement are strategic ways of reaching our community to showcase our students and schools and to encourage engagement.

Among staff members at all levels within our district, efficient and meaningful communication is essential to the success of our work as educators. Our district embraces G Suite technology to facilitate internal communication and collaboration. Additional support by our Community Engagement Department provides site administrators and others with tools to communicate effectively with staff and families. Ongoing training is planned to enable all staff members to have mastery of the tools they need to communicate and forge relationships with families and community.
Fiscal Impact
Superintendent's Recommendation:
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Philomena Rambo - Director of Community Engagement
Signed By:
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent