Welcome to the
Office of Communications
The Office of Communications assists schools with communications needs and promotes open and responsive communication between schools and their respective communities. In addition, the Office of Communications directs system branding and messaging and provides important information to stakeholders. We aim to present a robust communications program that increases understanding of, commitment to, and advocacy for the school district and its mission and goals. Most of all, we strive to support and serve all who need our expertise.
The district utilizes a tool called Skylert to contact families with important reminders and urgent information. To change your contact information and/or preferences, please either login into your Skyward Family Access account or contact your student's school.
Please note that the Dover Area School District's Office of Communications does not handle requests for graduation records or transcripts. Please contact the Dover Area High School Guidance Department at (717) 292-8066 for information regarding those requests.
Alerts, Bulletins, and Parent Communications
The Dover Area School District uses a variety of methods including Skylert, the district website, and social media to inform our school community about issues and events. The district uses Skylert from School Messanger, a leading notification system, to provide a quick alert messaging service for parents and staff. Alerts such as snow closures notices and security related notifications can be found on our homepage or news archive.
All requests for information, including interviews, photos, statements, and statistics, should be directed to the Director of Communications, who will contact the appropriate district spokesperson and/or provide public information when and if it is available.
Please understand that the Dover Area School District's first priority is maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students. We take the safety and privacy of our students and staff seriously.
Dover Area School District will make every reasonable effort to provide information which is a matter of public record to media outlets when and if it becomes available and is in compliance with state and federal law, specifically but not limited to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), both of which can be accessed at the U.S. Department of Education website.
Members of the media are not permitted on any Dover Area School District property including parking lots and bus loading/unloading zones without the prior consent or invitation of the Dover Area School District Director of Communications. If invited, members of the media are required to check in at the front office of each building, unless the event is an after school hours event.
Faces and recognizable images of persons under the age of 18 may only be published or broadcast with district permission.
In the event that any incident involves a formal investigation, the Dover Area School District will defer all comment to the investigating agency, including local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and/or authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
The Dover Area School District hosts social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The purpose of these sites is to present matters of strategic interest in the Dover Area School District schools. They are not general public forums covering all topics. They are read by our students, staff, and other stakeholders. Please note these are moderated sites and the district manages the content of our social media sites.
If comments are posted, Dover Area School District reserves the right to delete submissions/comments that contain:
- vulgar language;
- personal attacks of any kind;
- offensive comments that target or disparage any civic, ethnic, racial, or religious group;
- do not show consideration for others’ privacy or are considered likely to offend or provoke others.
Further, the district also reserves the right to delete or not use comments that:
- are spam or include links to other sites;
- are clearly off topic;
- advocate illegal activity or violence;
- promote particular services, products, or political organizations;
- infringe on copyrights or trademarks;
- violates Dover Area School District’s policy;
The comment/follow sections may be revised, turned off, or restricted.
In addition to the guidelines and procedures set forth by the Dover Area School District, the organizations that host social media technology also have established rules and guidelines. Please review these rules and guidelines before using any social media technology.
The comments expressed on social network sites do not necessarily reflect the opinions and position of the Dover Area School District or the Dover Area School District Board of Directors. If you have any questions concerning the operation of these online moderated sites, please contact the Office of Communications.