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The mission of the Department of Communications is to Keep PACE (Proactive Administration of Communications in Education) by providing: Pro-active, informative, accurate, and timely responses to its stakeholders on issues, activities, special events, and education resources in the Muscogee County School District.
The Department of Communications, in accordance with the mission, vision and strategic plan of the Muscogee County School District, seeks to promote student and district news and achievements, using a variety of innovative formats and resources while developing opportunities to strengthen and enhance the image of the school district with truth and an open line of communications.
The Muscogee County School District respects the public and its interest in our vibrant school district and community of learning. Guidelines for communications are designed to be responsive to requests for freedom of access while streamlining the internal and external communications process, while also minimizing disruption of the educational process, ensuring the safety, rights, and respect of our children and employees.
The Director of Communications serves as the central contact and spokesperson for the school district for media inquiries, open record requests, crisis communications, district administrator of the Connect-ED telephone messaging system, and a resource for strategic counsel on communications plans for the school district.
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The Muscogee County School District uses Blackboard Connect, a telephone notification/messaging service, to communicate with parents and district employees. Blackboard Connect allows administrators to personally contact parents about emergencies, events, and other important issues that impact you and your child throughout the school year. Principals and administrators use Blackboard Connect to send a personalized voice message to your family's home, work, or cell phone. For example, principals can make one phone call and reach all of the parents, employees, or a combination of both within minutes. The service also offers email and text message capability.
Text messages are likely not to be used due to the need for clarity and accuracy. Some service providers may limit the number of characters used in a text message. It is important that parents and employees receive the entire message sent from school to home via Blackboard Connect.
Contact your child's school if you receive a message that is incomplete or cut-off.
Be sure to supply accurate contact information to your child's school
Parents are responsible for making sure accurate contact information is on file at their child's school. Changes include name, address, emergency numbers for home, work, cell phone and email address(es). If the information is not accurate, you may not receive messages sent via Blackboard Connect.
The information must be on file at your child's school in order for principals and district administrators to send important messages to you via Blackboard Connect. Once information is changed, it usually takes up to 24 hours to update in the Blackboard Connect system.
Principals are also expected to communicate with parents continuously through traditional methods (letters, flyers, newsletters, and the school website) about events, programs, or announcements. Principals are encouraged to send a wrap or summary message (no more than two per month) about upcoming events or issues at school to effectively communicate with parents and school employees. This will keep parents informed, but also limit the number of calls received for matters other than attendance or emergencies.
Examples of Messages You May Receive:
Emergencies (Up to six phone numbers can be contacted. )
Timeline for Attendance Notifications to Parents:
Attendance messages are sent during these times to inform you of your child's absence and for safety concerns. Parents should verify absences by contacting their child's school. Please note, parents will still get an attendance notification message even if you have notified the school that your child will be out for a particular day or week. This is verification of school attendance records and notification to parents.
School Briefs is a weekly communications publication designed specifically for the media to help improve internal and external communications, customer service, and to give notification and planning time for media organizations to help garner positive media coverage of MCSD.
Open Records Requests can be made using the form below or should be sent to: Valerie FullerDirector of Communications & Open Records Officer,Muscogee County School District2960 Macon RoadColumbus, GA firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 706-748-2034Fax: 706-748-2036
MCSD complies with requests for records, as required by law, under the provisions of the Georgia Open Records Act.
MCSD is partnering with WTVM to share Extraordinary Teachable Moments (ETM) through the Be There parent involvement campaign!
The Muscogee County School District launched the Be There Campaign initiative Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Be There is a research-based, multimedia campaign designed to get parents more involved in their children’s education. One hundred percent (100%) of the research studies compiled by the Parent Institute* indicate that parent involvement has a significant impact on student success. The statistics show with as little as a one-third increase in parent participation, school achievement scores increase dramatically. It only takes a small increase in parent input to see measurable results in student output!
Be There is a national campaign created by Voss and Associates to show parents how easy it is to get involved by inviting them, welcoming them, and inspiring them to “Be There,” using a variety of methods including, but not limited to, public service announcements, feature television interviews and stories, news articles, and printed promotional materials. MCSD is partnering with WTVM (Channel 9) to feature Extraordinary Teachable Moments (ETM)!
Want to share your Be There teachable moment? Parents can click below to download a Be There entry form to print out and complete. All forms should be submitted/returned to your child’s school.
The Department of Communications has launched the Public Education Awareness Report (PEAR). MCSD stakeholders can view the latest monthly education report daily on the government access channel, CCG-TV, at 7:30 am and 5:30 pm. The PEAR highlights important issues such as student achievement, academics, events, recognitions and policies, procedures, and much more.