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    The Communications office represents Douglas County School District, providing clear, efficient, and effective communications to our employees, families, and community. We provide direction, strategy, and production for messaging, marketing, media, web, and creative design needs.

    We're here to help tell the stories of DCSD.

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Communications

Communications Officer
 

Paula Hans
Public Information Officer

Meet the Communications team

620 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-387-0033
Fax: 303-387-0107

The Communications office represents Douglas County School District, providing clear, efficient, and effective communications to our employees, families, and community. We provide direction, strategy, and production for messaging, marketing, media, web, and creative design needs. 

We’re here to help tell the stories of DCSD.  As a team, we:

  • Serve as the advisor and liaison between the district, news media and general public so that the public has a better understanding of DCSD initiatives, accomplishments, needs and goals
  • Advise and assist principals and others in the district with news media, extraordinary school or district occurrences and incident/crisis communications
  • Provide district-wide emergency communications to DCSD families, such as during weather closures/delays, incidents/crisis, lockdowns and lockouts
  • Produce written, photographic and video news features highlighting school and district programs and achievements
  • Provide information and communications to DCSD employees
  • Support school marketing efforts in areas such as graphic design, website design, social media training, school videos and more
  • Manage district branding and assist other departments with print and digital graphic design needs
  • Obtain resources for DCSD programs and schools through community partnerships
  • Maintain a multitude of communication vehicles, such as E-newsletters, the DCSD website, social media, event calendars and more
  • Livestream Board of Education meetings, graduations, and other major DCSD meetings and events
  • Recognize accomplished students, teachers and leaders at Board of Education meetings

The Douglas County School District is committed to providing our stakeholders, including parents, employees, students and community members with updated and accurate information. 

Emergency Communication

Communication is critical during an emergency. The following are the primary communication avenues we use during a crisis and how to receive them.

Website iconDCSD Website
Alerts posted on front page. No sign up required
School Closure Information

Parent portal iconVoice, Text & Email Messaging
Sign Up: Parent Portal | School Messenger FAQ
School Messenger alerts are sent to families using contacts in Infinite Campus. Guardians must opt in to which messages they want.

Newsline iconNewsline
Sign Up: Constant Contact
Our newsletter tool is used to provide updates to parents.
 

Mobile app iconDCSD Mobile App
Sign Up: Apple iTunes | Google Play
App available for Android and iPhone
Push notifications are available via our app.

Facebook iconFacebook
Visit our Facebook page and select “friend” to receive updates in your news feed.

 

Twitter iconTwitter
Visit our Twitter page and select the “follow” option to receive our tweets.

 

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We are Here to Help

  • Ask your principal
  • Talk to your teacher
  • Reach out to the Parent Liaison

Providing Feedback

DCSD welcomes civil discussion and feedback from stakeholders. We consider you, our students, parents, employees and community members to be a valuable part of the partnership to provide our students the best education possible.

There are many ways you can address concerns, get answers and provide praise. Generally we encourage people to begin with the school or department closest to the issue. We provide contact information on each department and school website.

General feedback and security concerns can be provided via these two avenues:
General Feedback
Safety & Security Feedback

We are passionate about our work. Every morning we get up, ready to have great conversations with our students, parents, employees and community about DCSD, what we have accomplished and where we are going.  

We know that representing more than 68,000 students and 8,700 employees is a big responsibility and one that we take seriously.

Media Relations
The Office of Communications offers assistance to print, online and broadcast media. Our office assists you in shooting news footage, scheduling on-air interviews with Board of Education members, principals, District administration and staff, as well as the Superintendent.

Contact Us

Paula Hans
Public Information Officer
303-387-0031

On this page you will find flexible and easy-to-use communications tools that will help you create and share DCSD stories. Please be sure to consult our Brand Guide for the appropriate use of DCSD logos, brand, and materials.

 

Logo

DCSD’s logo is a distinct mark representative of all programs and departments affiliated with the School District. It communicates who we are, our purpose, and our connection to the Douglas County community. It is one way in which our community perceives us.

The logo symbol, along with the District name and tagine, has been registered with the State of Colorado as the designated trademark for Douglas County School District. This district mark represents a student and is made of the "D" and "C" of Douglas County.

Our logo, which we affectionately call “The Doughboy,” may have changed its appearance over the years— but the design has remained the same.

View a gallery of downloadable hi-resolution logos that are approved for use. Note: Any variation of the logo may only be created by the DCSD Communications Office.

 

Our Type Face

Typefaces provide visual “voices,” which helps communicate DCSD’s brand. DCSD primarily uses the Myriad Pro font family:

Secondarily (and primarily for the DCSD tagline) DCSD uses Saturday Script:

Our Colors

For consistency, we have outlined a specific palette of colors that may be used on graphic design projects:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources & Templates

DCSD Visual Identity Guidelines (coming soon!)

Logos

Letterhead, Envelopes, and other Branded Materials

Powerpoint Templates

Business Cards (coming soon!)

Build-Your-Own Flyers and Posters in Canva

Canva is an online design tool that allows departments and schools to create professional looking collateral. It has a drag-and-drop interface and is ideal for small projects that require a quick turnaround. The Communications Creative Team has designed flyer and poster templates for department/school use. Please contact jan.regan[at]dcsdk12[dot]org if you wish to use this tool.

Project Requests

If you are an employee at a DCSD school or department and have a graphic design project request, please complete our project request form.

Share your good news or event!

We know that there are great things going on in our schools every day. Help us to celebrate the achievements of our students, teachers, and staff to parents and the Douglas County community!

The kinds of school stories and events we cover: When determining news coverage, we seek out interesting or unique stories that would appeal to the broader Douglas County community, such as:

  • Events or activities that highlight your school's academic excellence
  • Activities that show a diversity of education and excellence (authentic learning, STEM, outdoor learning, expeditionary learning, etc.)
  • Individual student, teacher, or staff member achievements
  • School/Student fundraising achievements for third-party nonprofit causes
  • Annual school traditions
  • Promotion in the DCSD Events Guide for high school plays and musicals
  • Profiles of teachers and principals
  • District, state, regional and national level competitions and championships
  • Multiple schools collaborating within DCSD on a project or activity

Depending on the story or event, we may provide coverage via social media, a written article, photo coverage and/or video coverage. For event promotion, we typically include school events in our monthly DCSD Event Guide.

The kinds of school stories and events we do not cover: 

  • School fundraisers such as Fun-Runs
  • School-level competitions
  • Promotion of elementary and middle school plays and musicals
  • Event video recording or Livestreaming for non-news coverage purposes

 

Please include the graduating year if the good news pertains to an individual student past or present.
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DCSD Communications offers a variety of creative services to our departments and schools, including graphic design, video, website design, content production, and more. We are also available to consult with you on your project to help create a clear concept and message.

Please complete the form below to submit a project request. Once submitted, you will be contacted by a Communications staff member within two business days to confirm the project request, set a timeline, and schedule a meeting (if necessary) to discuss the scope of your project. For larger projects with multiple steps, you may also receive an invitation to Asana, which is a user-friendly project management program, so that we can communicate and collaborate with you on your project.

For news/event coverage, please click here.

Please view the project completion times below for an estimate of the time it will take to complete your project. Time estimates do not include the time necessary for printing and mailing. For projects that require printing and mailing, please allow an additional 10 business days when planning your project. 

Our creative production schedule begins once you have submitted the necessary copy and/or elements for the project. Please try to include all or as much information and content as possible on the form below.

Please note that the creative team requires at least one week for every project. The production time begins when all content has been received. Projects requested to be completed in less than one week will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Silberman, Communications Manager, at CSilberman[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.

Small-Scale Projects

Medium-Scale Projects

Large-Scale Projects

  • Advertisement: 2 weeks
  • Content/Writing Assistance: 1-2 weeks
  • Email for targeted group: 1 week
  • Logo: 2 weeks
  • Postcard: 2 weeks (1 sided, non-mailer, less than 50 word count)
  • Poster/Flyer: 2 weeks (8.5 x 11 or 11x17, 1 sided, less than 50 word count)
  • Brochure (bi-fold or tri-fold): 4 weeks
  • Event Program: 3 weeks
  • Formal Invitation: 4 weeks
  • PowerPoint/Digital Presentation: 4 weeks (includes gathering content)
  • Print Campaign/Mailer: 4 weeks (2-sided postcard/flyer/mailer, more than 50 word count)
  • Video (up to 4 minutes): 3 weeks
  • Annual Report: 10 weeks
  • Booklet Brochure: 6 weeks, up to 12 pages
  • Multi-page booklet: 8 weeks (more than 12 pages)
  • Video (over 4 minutes): 5 weeks
  • Website redesign: 10 weeks
     

 

If you have images you would like to be included in your project, please upload them here (Max Size: 10 MB). Images must be high-resolution. If you have several images, or an image over 10 MB, please share them in a Google Drive folder with CSilberman@dcsdk12.org.
If you have images you would like to be included in your project, please upload them here (Max Size: 10 MB). Images must be high-resolution. If you have several images, or an image over 10 MB, please share them in a Google Drive folder with CSilberman@dcsdk12.org.
If you have images you would like to be included in your project, please upload them here (Max Size: 10 MB). Images must be high-resolution. If you have several images, or an image over 10 MB, please share them in a Google Drive folder with CSilberman@dcsdk12.org.