Communications

Communication Services
Eagle County Schools’ Communications Department is responsible for fostering awareness, understanding, and support for the district's schools, students, and staff.

What We Do
We strive to engage our parents, staff, students, and community with essential information about the district, our strategic plan, and our challenges as they arise. We reach out to the community through our website, our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts, plus connect directly through special events and community events. We maintain supporting partnerships with area non-profits who provide essential services and outreach to the community. We also act as a community liaison between departments, schools, parents and the public, assist print and broadcast journalists, as well as provide media advice to district schools and staff.

Publications
Annual Report
Sent to every household in the district. Meets legal requirements for accreditation and accountability according to state law, but also provides information about key achievement goals and strategies together with fiscal responsibility.

eNewsletters
Sent to parent and staff groups on regular schedules with targeted district-level information.
  • #ECSrocks! – Updates parents with district-level details
  • The Wheels on the Bus – Informs parents about transportation news
  • The HR Buzz – Keeps staff up-to-date on Human Resources issues
  • BoardBriefs – Shares Board meeting information with team
  • The Academic Memo – Shares operational news with schools and staff
eBlasts
Occasional “breaking news” or “reminder” emails designed to provide the latest information on essential issues, dispel rumors, counter and/or preempt negative news media stories and inform during emergencies.

District Facts Brochure
Contains general information about the district and our schools.

Pathways Guide
Resource for students and parents as they chart their path after high school.

Altitude in Action
Our strategic plan with key tactics identified.

Welcome to the Good Life
Teacher and staff recruitment brochure.

Events
Wild West Days -- Organized and operated by the PTAs of our Elementary Schools, this fundraiser starts on a Friday night with Wild Wine Tasting and continues on Sunday with day of "western" fun at 4 Eagle Ranch

Insider's Academy -- A behind-the-scenes conversational workshop between district administrators and attendees designed to build in-depth knowledge about our general operations and strategic goals.

Los Caminos -- A conversational workshop for Spanish-speaking community members to help them learn how schools engage with parents to create a triad of support for their children -- parents, teachers, students -- working together to ensure a positive learning experience. Los Caminos includes a follow-up field trip to a college or vocational school to introduce families to the "pathways" open to their children.

Evening of Stars -- An end-of-year celebration of teachers nominated by their students for making a difference in their lives, produced by volunteers with the Education Foundation of Eagle County and schools.

Coffee with Carlos -- a 6-week Vail to Gypsum tour of coffee shop visits where community members can visit with and start a relationship with Superintendent Dr. Carlos Ramirez.

Media Requests
It is Eagle County Schools’ policy for all news media inquiries regarding the district, departments or school sites to be referred to the Communications Department to ensure the most timely and accurate response. Please call 970 328-4806.

Open Records Requests
The Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) is a series of laws designed to allow the public access to the records of government agencies at all levels in Colorado, including schools districts. Most records are public and open for inspection. Two notable exceptions are student records and portions of personnel files. To learn more about CORA, please view the Colorado Attorney General's FAQ.

For student records, please contact your child's school. The confidentiality of academic records are protected by the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) and are not subject to CORA.

All open records requests should be submitted directly to Communication Services. There is no requirement for any particular format for the request. We ask that you submit the request in writing via email or postal mail. Please be as specific as possible about the information you are seeking to help ensure that we are able to respond to your request accurately and in the time required by law.

The information you are seeking may be available on our website. If you are looking for financial records, please visit our Financial Transparency and Budget pages before submitting your request.

The Open Records Act only makes existing written information within the government available to the public. It does not require an agency or other government organization involved to create new records to respond to a request. It also does not require the government to manipulate or analyze information to respond to a request.

There may be a fee associated with fulfilling requests for a large number of records to cover the costs of redaction of confidential information, or for requests involving extensive digital or electronic data, of up to $30 per hour of staff time, .25 cents per paper copy and .50 cents per CD. You will be notified in advance of any fees and must pay in advance.

Email requests to Dan Dougherty, Chief Communications Officer, Eagle County Schools at daniel.dougherty@eagleschools.net.

Mail requests to Communications Department, Eagle County Schools, POB 740, Eagle, CO 81631.

Requests that are not received by the Communications Department may not be considered as received by Eagle County Schools. 

Staff:
Dan Dougherty, Chief Communications Officer
Email: daniel.dougherty@eagleschools.net

Erik Martinez, Parent Engagement Liaison
Email: erik.martinez@eagleschools.net

Taylor Lower, Communications Manager
Email: taylor.lower@eagleschools.net

Communications Department
948 Chambers Avenue
POB 740
Eagle, CO 81631
970 328-6321