District Communication Plan
The Reeds Spring R-IV School District is committed to open, honest and ongoing communication with our stakeholders. We understand that maintaining a two-way conversation is essential for building relationships.
These relationships are the foundation of a strong school system. This communications plan was designed for effective communication with all stakeholders.
The communications plan is intended to help the district achieve its strategic goals, foster strong relationships with district stakeholders, provide focus and direction for messages/methods in support of the district’s goals, and enable the district to present itself accurately to audiences.
Support Staff Employees
Board of Education
Professional Support Staff
Taxpayers of the district
School community councils
New residents of the district
Neighboring school districts
Residents without children in district schools
Prospective residents of the district
Desired Behaviors and Attitudes
Through the implementation of this plan, the district hopes internal audiences take pride and ownership in the district, keep informed of key issues, work as a high-performing organization whose employees respect and value customer feedback, and exhibit values of caring, integrity, and collaboration.
The district hopes external audiences feel involved and engaged in their public schools, exhibit community pride, and trust in schools and the district, and support the Reeds Spring R-IV School District
The Department of Communications provides leadership, counsel, and training in order to accomplish the following communication goals. Goals are listed in no particular order of priority and should be recognized as integrated activities for achieving long-term success.
1. Develop and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with all stakeholders to strengthen support for the Reeds Spring R-IV School District.
2. Utilize a variety of media to maximize awareness and support of the district’s goals, objectives, and programs.
3. Establish an effective employee communication plan to improve internal communication and employee engagement.
4. Establish strong, positive connections between individual schools and the community.
5. Achieve coordinated communications, both internally and externally, regarding safety issues and crisis management.
6. Create key messages and talking points about the district to establish “one clear voice” throughout all communication channels.
7. Establish a clear brand identity for the district and build on that image and reputation.
8. Maintain a proactive media relations program to enhance the district’s image on local, state and national levels.
9. Utilize effective operational practices to provide good customer service, increased efficiency, and quality-printed materials.
The district can more effectively provide consistent and unified messages by identifying and managing all communication avenues. A multifaceted approach to overall communications helps ensure greater impact of messages. The following list details the internal and external communication channels that the district utilizes:
Communication Vehicles: Electronic
District Web page
School Web pages
Targeted E-mail lists
School Messenger system
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
Communication Vehicles: Print
Targeted mailing lists
Communication Vehicles: Media
Communication Vehicles: Interpersonal
Rotary Club of Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation
Reeds Spring R-IV School District is a member of the Missouri School Public Relations Association and is guided by the hallmark of professionalism established by the organization’s Code of Ethics:
1) Be guided by the pursuit of the public interest through truth, accuracy, good taste and fairness; follow good judgment in releasing information; not intentionally disseminate misinformation or confidential data; avoid actions that lessen personal, professional or organizational reputation.
2) Give primary loyalty to the employing organization, insisting on the right to give advisory counsel in accordance with sound public relations ideas and practices; cooperate with other groups while avoiding conflicts with primary responsibilities; object to untenable policies or activities.
3) Be aware of personal influence, avoiding promises or granting of unprofessional advantages to others; refrain from accepting special considerations for influences on organizational decisions; avoid unauthorized use of organizational facilities, resources or professional services for personal gain or for promotion of the candidacy of aspirants to elected offices; forego derogatory acts or utterances against other professionals.
4) Recognize that effectiveness is dependent upon integrity and regard for ideals of the profession; not misrepresenting professional qualifications; give credit for ideas and words borrowed from others; cooperate with professional colleagues to uphold and enforce this Code.