Communications

Our communications team handles media inquiries, press releases, information distribution, and other tasks that involve sharing important information with district families and the community. This page is designed to help staff, coaches, and booster groups publicize their events and efforts. Please see the categories below for help with specific concerns. 

DCSD Smartphone App

We Have an App!

Please visit the App Store or Google Play and search for Dexter CSD to download the app.Dexter Schools Blackboard App screenshot

Here are just a few of the great ways to utilize this app:

  • Receive notifications regarding weather-related school closures, scheduled days off, and other urgent news. 
  • Access the following functions: deposit lunch money, pay athletics fees, pay PaySchools charges
  • Log In to your grade 5 & up student's PowerSchool account
  • Search the Dexter Schools phone and email directory quickly
  • Quickly view lunch menus

CHOOSE THE NEWS YOU NEED! In addition to district news, you can subscribe to updates from individual buildings. Go to Notifications, then click the gear icon in the right top corner of the screen to select the news you want to be notified about. All your news updates are in one place. 

This app is available for anyone who wants to follow Dexter goings-on! Student information is only accessible by parents. 

Social Media

Dexter Community Schools is committed to responsible communication with the public through a variety of social media platforms. Only the following constitute the official social media accounts of Dexter Community Schools:  

All others that purport to be affiliated or associated with Dexter Community Schools are not official sites or accounts of the school district. For the most accurate and up-to-date information about Dexter Community Schools, please rely on our website: dexterschools.org. For questions, comments, and concerns, please use the Let’s Talk feature.

District Messages - Email, Phone Call and Text Message FAQ

Email, Phone Call and Text Message FAQ

Where do I sign up for emails?

  • You no longer need to sign up for class, grade, building, or district emails. These are automatically assigned each fall. We build groups for clubs, band/orchestra/choir, and athletic teams each semester, season, or year. Request to be added or removed from those lists by using the pop-up tab at the bottom of this page or clicking the email, text, and button at dexterschools.org/letstalk

Why am I not getting emails? My email is correct when I look at PowerSchool. 

  • The email you used to create your PowerSchool account might not be the same one you gave us when you registered your student, and we can't see your personal PowerSchool account. Contact your building secretary to update your email and make sure you didn't accidentally block us. 

Can I block some messages from Blackboard but not all? 

  • We can remove you from custom groups (band, drama, sports, etc.) but classes, grades, buildings, and district news are automatically sent to all families. If you use the unsubscribe button on any Blackboard email, it removes you from all district emails. We can undo this if you reconsider, just contact your school office. 
  • Texts are all or nothing. Please put our text ID - 606-80 in your phone as a contact with the name "Dexter Schools" so you will not mistake our messages for spam. We try to use this method judiciously - for urgent messages like building closures or bus delays. 
  • Automated phone calls are all or nothing. If you unsubscribe from automated District phone messages, we will override that preference only in the event of an emergency. For example, a snow day closure or a building issue. 

Emails are too long/too short/not frequent enough/too frequent...

  • We want to communicate well. If you have feedback about the type and quantity of info you receive from us, we would love to hear it. Please send us a message directly or use Let's Talk, located at dexterschools.org/letstalk

Weekly Events List

During the school year, the district sends a summary of in-district school events to all enrolled families weekly. This list is compiled using school calendars and the facility calendar. Events that are on either of these calendars do not need to be submitted. If you have other school-sponsored events (including school group fundraisers) that you would like considered for inclusion, please send the following information to Hope Vestergaard:

  • Event Title
  • Location
  • Date and time
  • Sponsoring group

Events lists cover Monday through Sunday each week during the school year and are published Friday evenings.  

Events must be submitted no later than close of business Tuesday of the week prior to the event.

Please note that inclusion of fundraisers for school-sponsored groups is on a space-available basis only. Community groups (including clubs that may be the umbrella organization for a self-funded sport) that wish to share their events should use our Community Mailings option.

Calendar and News Alerts

Stay in the loop! 

One of the helpful features of our new website design is the ability to subscribe to News updates and Calendar alerts. To do so, click on the alerts  button at the top of any Calendar or News page. The first time you do this, you will be prompted to create an account. The pop-up window will walk you through the steps. To change your subscription preferences at any time, click on the alerts button and a pop-up window will prompt you to log in and manage your subscriptions. 

If you don't want to receive updates for every event on a calendar, but would like to follow single events, click on the alert button next to the calendar item. You will be notified of the event itself in the window you choose (say, 18 hours before an event) and you will also be notified of any event edits or additions. 

Creekside Electronic Sign

The district's electronic sign in front of Creekside school is reserved to highlight and/or publicize school events and student achievements. Content is generally drawn from the weekly district events list. If you are a member of a school program that has an event you want to be considered for display on the electronic sign, please contact Hope Vestergaard at least one week prior to the event date. 

Please note that inclusion of events depends on space and the number of people affected. For example, music night for three classes might not be included, but a whole-grade or whole building event might. 

Community Mailings

Twice a month, as a service to district families, the district sends an email including flyers from local non-profit organizations. This email goes to all currently enrolled families.

Guidelines

  • Information must be from local non-profit community groups. Information from a private business or a private individual will not be distributed. We do not share info for non-profit classes or organizations that compete with DCS or DCS-affiliate groups. 
  • Contact information must be contained in each announcement.
  • The following statement will need to appear on all materials that will be distributed or displayed: "The Board of Education recognizes that there are times when non-profit community organizations offer programs or services that might benefit Dexter students and/or their families. The Board further recognizes that when it opens the forum for distribution/display of materials from outside groups, Federal law guarantees all non-profit groups be given the same rights. The attached information is brought to you as a service of Dexter Community Schools. This service does not imply endorsement of its contents by the administration of the school, the Superintendent or the Board."
  • The "local" designation refers to organized non-profit Dexter-based youth groups with at least 90% Dexter students, confined to children under the age of 19 and whose membership is open in regards to race, color, or creed.
  • "Non-profit" refers to official tax status.


Distribution

  • Informational flyers will be compiled by the communications coordinator for distribution on or about the 15th and 30th days of each month. To ensure inclusion, groups must submit their materials for approval by the 10th and the 25th days of each month.
  • The district will distribute the compiled information through electronic means to parents.
  • Paper (Hard Copy) Distribution/Display Procedures: Effective Effective September, 2014, we no longer distribute or post hard copies of community flyers.

Submitting Events for Distribution

  • Flyers should be "print ready" -- formatted to be legible, complete, and attractive.
  • The event itself should be the primary focus of the flyer. 
  • Acceptable formats: PDF files, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Publisher, JPG
  • The board disclaimer (see above) must be on every flyer.
  • File size should not exceed 1 MB
  • Email flyers to Hope Vestergaard no later than the 10th or 25th days of the month for the mailings on the 15th and last day of each month.

If you have any questions after reading this page, feel free to contact our office for clarification. 734-424-4100 ext. 4102

Advertising for Businesses

Per Board Policy (9700.01), Dexter Community Schools do not distribute literature or post materials for for-profit enterprises.  

Local non-profit groups should review our Community Mailings information to promote local non-profit events of interest to families. We do not share information about non-profit classes or organizations that compete with existing Dexter resources. 

Media Images Opt-Out/Opt-In

DCS Staff often photograph or film students during school activities for educational purposes. DCS may use these photographs or film in materials used in educational presentations or promotional materials for the district. Parents may opt out of (or permit) some or all of these uses at student registration when they complete the Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Agreement. At other times of the year, parents may amend their preferences by completing the Media Images Opt-In, Opt-Out Form and returning it to each child's school office. 

District Logos

The district logos and official fonts are available for official use by printers by contacting our office.

In no case should the district logos be modified from their original design. Please review and adhere to the logo style guide created by the designer.

Dexter school sponsored clubs and teams should submit t-shirt and poster designs using the logo for approval to the Communications Office prior to printing.

FOIA Requests

For Freedom of Information Act requests, please mail or email your request to the DCS FOIA Coordinator

Dexter Community Schools
FOIA Coordinator
7714 Ann Arbor St.
Dexter, MI 48130

info@dexterschools.org

734-424-4100 ext 1002

We will confirm receipt of your request and notify you when to expect requested materials. 

Please review the District's policies regarding public information on our Bylaws and Policies page, specifically section 8000 - Operations, item number 8310: Public Records.

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Contact Us
  • Communications Office
    7714 Ann Arbor Street
    Dexter, MI 48130
  • M-F  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • (734) 424-4100 ext 1002
    (734) 424-424-4112 fax
  • Director of Communications
    Hope Vestergaard
  • Dexter Community Schools  734-424-4100
  • 7714 Ann Arbor Street,
    Dexter, MI 48130 
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  • Dexter Community Schools is committed to making our website accessible to visitors with disabilities. If you encounter difficulty navigating this website due to a disability, please email our accessibility team or call 734-424-4102 for assistance. 

Community

The Dexter Community Schools district includes the city of Dexter and parts of eight townships. Learn about the Dexter area on our Community page.

The Latest News

Need to know what's going on? Want to share your news with us? Start with our Communications page.

Prospective Parents

Learn more about Dexter Community Schools! 

Documents and Forms

Forgot to fill out a form? Need to update info? Search our Forms Library.

PowerSchool

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Human Resources

Current employee in need of information? Interested in working for the district? Visit Human Resources.

Athletics

Student athletes, parents, and spectators: here's DCS Athletics headquarters.

New to the area?

Check out our Prospective Parents page. 

Facilities

Looking for a space for your event? Start with our Facilities homepage.

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