Communication Principles of Ozark Schools
Our goal is to communicate early and often with all district stakeholders.
As a district, we are committed to ensuring that all stakeholders are connected to our district through consistent communication about their specific programs, activities and classrooms.
Website: The district website is designed to be a resource for staff, families, students and community members. The district website is managed by the Ozark Schools’ communications department. Each building’s section of the website is monitored by the designated building communication coordinator.
Mass Notifications: The district has a mass notification system to send rapid messages (phone, text, or calls) to all district stakeholders. This messaging system shall be used at the discretion of the district and/or building administrators or the district's communications department.
E-News & Staff Update: The district has created two platforms of bi-weekly communication for the appropriate stakeholder groups. Families and staff will receive a bi-weekly message called E-News. This platform was designed to be inclusive of all student activities, staff accomplishments/recognitions, and any major messaging that needs to be sent to the broader community. Staff Update is designed as the primary communication tool for all staff. This platform will encompass all staff-specific information, deadlines, and opportunities.
Social Media: The district focuses on three social media platforms to deliver its messaging—Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. These platforms will encompass the student and staff accomplishments, important events, and any other major news throughout the week. The usage of these platforms is designed to be inclusive of all student activities, staff accomplishments/recognitions, and any major messaging that needs to be sent to the broader community.
Crisis Communication: The district’s number one priority is student and staff safety. There are procedures in place for when and how to communicate with the appropriate stakeholders. In any and all situations, the district will communicate with the appropriate authorities to ensure that the number one priority is met. When appropriate, the district will notify those who are directly affected by the situation and will create a generalized message for the greater community.
How to reach us: We are always happy to have a conversation with any district stakeholder. Please feel free to give us a call at 417-582-5900 and we will address your call as needed.
Media Inquiries: All media inquiries should be sent to the director of communication (email).
Winter Weather: Remember, we will always contact you if school is not in session. If you don't hear from us, assume we will have a normal school day.