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Objective 5: Optimize Communication Internally-Externally Parents/Students/Patrons

NOTE: since it says "internally" we need to expand this to also include "Staff"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bismarck Public Schools recognizes the value of consistent, transparent communication with all of its constituents to inform them of educational trends, projects, and progress. For that reason, BPS has a detailed communications plan aimed at all audiences and using a variety of print and electronic formats, such as:

Internal Communications with BPS Employees

    Weekly district employee newsletter, the Intercom
  • School staff meetings arranged by principals and department heads
  • Employee bulletin boards and bathroom signs in all schools
  • Employee link on BPS web site
  • Emergency/important notifications via employee email
  • Superintendent Meetings
  • Weekly Executive Team meetings with Central Office administrators
    Monthly Leadership Team meetings with all principals and administrators
  • Meetings with the teachers union, the Bismarck Education Association (BEA)
  • Quarterly meetings with the District Communication Internal Committee (DCIC)

External Communications

All Patrons
  • Live and taped School Board meetings on Government Access Channel 12
  • BPS web site, including a Visitors link and District Calendar
  • Quarterly Annual Report and School Focus community newsletter in Bismarck Tribune
  • Marquis signs at senior highs and some other schools in the district
  • Regular information on radio and TV news and public service programs
  • Community forums on a specific school district topic or issue held every other year
  • Monthly school newsletters
  • PTO/PAC meetings
  • School events
    • open houses
    • parent-teacher conferences
    • new student orientations
    • School web sites
    • Parent link on the BPS web site
    • Central registration site at Hughes
    • Annual Thumbnail Sketch of BPS and school information
    Other Groups
    • Bi-monthly e-newsletter to Superintendent's Key Communicators (parents/residents)
    • Senior Connection quarterly newsletter for local senior citizens
    • Regular meetings and training for the school-community Crisis Team
    • Weekly updates for local legislators during the session
    • Weekly Tip Sheet for local news media about school events, projects, speakers, etc.
    • Property Tax Brochure at BPS financial page
      Presentations to service clubs and other groups
    • Election and bond issue information for voters
    • Kindergarten/new family information brochure/packets
    • New resident welcome packet with Info Map, Thumbnail Sketch, etc.
    • Realtor school boundary information at www.transfinderi.com

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