Public Communications

Welcome to the staff portal for the Public Communications Office. Important staff-related documents will be housed here, such as the new protocols for executing events and activities and relevant resources to help with effective communications practices for all staff members. Whenever resources are added, staff will be notified via email to visit the Public Communications page on the "MyMCPS" website to access the information.

Public Communications Department Staff:
Almeta (Al.) Radford, Director of Public Communications, 571-377-6033; Email Almeta (Al.) Radford
Amber Galaviz Ballard, Public Communications Specialist, 571-377-6054; Email Amber Galaviz Ballard
Ana Castorena, Central Office Translator, 571-377-6024; Email Ana Castorena
Deneen Clary, Central Office Associate (AM) , 571-377-6000; Email Deneen Clary
Crystal Quintanilla, Central Office Associate (PM), 571-377-6000;
Email Crystal Quintanilla

Language Services

Event Planning and Communications Documents

The following documents will assist staff in event planning and communications protocols.  Periodic workshops/meetings will be held with staff to review proper and effective planning procedures.


Web Accessibility

Creating Accessible Content

Checklist for Blackboard WCM Content Editors

Accessibility Key Terms

(WCAG) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines -guidelines, which help web developers optimally create and arrange web pages for those with disabilities.

WCAG 2.0 - emerged in 2008 to establish four core principles that web content should consider. Content must be Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust. Beneath the core principles are 12 guidelines that provide the goals used to create web content that is more useful to web users with varying disabilities.

WCAG 2.1 - emerged in June of 2018 and is an extension of WCAG 2.0. In addition to helping users with cognitive or learning disabilities and users with low vision, 2.1 focuses mostly on users with disabilities on mobile devices.

Creating web content with accessibility in mind

It is crucial to consider accessibility when creating website content. There are a few basic steps that should be followed on the Blackboard Help website for writing accessible content to ensure your content is available to all users. Additionally, the Resources for Content Writers section of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative website provides a starting point for information that is particularly relevant to content writers.

  1. Add built-in headings to documents and do not skip numbers (e.g. jumping from Heading 1 to Heading 3) 

  2. Use built-in List options (e.g. bullets or numbers) 

  3. Add Alt Text for all links (do not use 'click here.' Every link should describe what the user can expect to find when they click it.)

  4. Add Alt Text for all images (use all="" for null or decorative images. Alt Text should include text communicated in infographics. 

  5. Defined Table Headers and simplified Tables as much as possible 

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Compliancy Resources

Compliancy Tools

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