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    Regular School Board Meetings

    Important Note for the June 24, 2020 and July 8, 2020 Regular Board Meetings:

    The June 24 and July 8 Regular Board Meetings will be held remotely beginning at 1 p.m. without an in-person location per the Governor’s Proclamation prohibiting public agencies from conducting meetings subject to the Open Public Meetings Act in-person to curtail the spread of COVID-19, and also consistent with School Board Resolution 2019/20-29

    The meeting audio will be live streamed on SPSTV or can be listened to on television on Comcast 26 (standard-def) and 319 (hi-def), Wave 26 (standard-def) and 695 (hi-def), and Century Link 8008 (standard-def) and 8508 (hi-def). Details for remotely accessing the meeting through Microsoft Teams and teleconference will be provided on the agenda.

    Public testimony will resume for these meetings, with testimony being provided remotely during the meeting through Microsoft Teams or teleconference. The process for signing up to provide public testimony is described below. 

    Written comments may also be submitted to the Board at any time by email to schoolboard@seattleschools.org, by fax to 206-252-0101, or by mail to Seattle School District, Attention: Board of Directors, MS 11-010, PO Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124-1165. The School Board Office can be reached by phone at 206-252-0040 for questions about providing written comments.

    Public Testimony at Regular School Board Meetings

    The Seattle Public School Board welcomes members of the public to the legislative meetings of the Board and dedicates time at these meetings to hear from the public on agenda items and other issues of concern.

    It is important for all community members to feel welcome and safe in the Board’s business meetings. Audience members will be expected to treat all attendees with respect and civility, just as Seattle Public Schools expects of students in our school.

    How to Sign Up

    Per Board Procedure 1430BP, the order of public testimony will be determined as follows: the student speaker from the assigned district high school and then those speaking to agenda action items, then agenda introduction items, and then items of general interest. Current district students who sign up through the process outlined in Board Procedure 1430BP, identify themselves as students, and are among the 20 (or 25) speakers on the speakers list, will be placed immediately following the first speaking slot. The Board agenda is posted by close of business the Friday before Board meetings. The School Board Office will take sign-ups for the public testimony list starting at 8 a.m. on the Monday before regular Board meetings and continue until 12 p.m. Tuesday before the meeting

    The final list of public testimony will be posted on the meeting's agenda by the close of business the day before the regular Board meeting. All meeting agendas are located on the Board agenda webpage.

    To sign up for public testimony, members of the public should do one of the following:

    Please provide the following information when signing up for testimony:

    • Legal name;
    • Contact information (telephone number & e-mail address); and
    • The topic they would like to address.

    Please note: only the person who will be providing testimony may request a spot, you cannot request a speaking spot for someone else. Additionally, if complete information is not provided, you will not be included on the list. The Board Office will not follow-up to obtain correct information or tell you where you are on the list.

    Please visit this page for information on ADA Access.

    General Rules

    Public Testimony at Regular Board Meetings is governed by Audience Participation Board Policy No. 1430 and Board Procedure 1430BP.

    There are twenty (20) speaking spots available at each Regular Legislative Board meeting. Each speaker on the public testimony list will have up to two (2) minutes to speak. In the event that thirty five (35) or more public testimony requests are received prior to the start of the Board meeting, an additional five (5) speaking slots will be made available for that meeting only, for a total of twenty five (25) speakers.
     

    If you want to give (cede) your time to someone else, you must attend the Board meeting and announce this to the Board when it is your turn to speak. The person to whom you cede your time, will receive the remainder of your 2 minutes and should speak to the same topic.  As you have ceded your speaking time, you will not be able to speak again at the meeting.

    If you have handouts to give to the Board, please bring 10 copies and give them to Board staff ahead of the meeting. No one should approach the dais with handouts.