Citizen Participation

  • Thank you for engaging with the School Board through the Public Comment process. The School Board welcomes comments from Loudoun County residents and believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system.  

    Public Comments

    Beginning with the January 12, 2021, School Board meeting, public comment may be provided to the School Board in one of three ways:

    1. In-person public comment will be accepted in the School Board Room at the LCPS Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, Va. Please complete the In-Person Public Comment Registration Form to sign up to make in-person comments or contact the Superintendent's Office at 571-252-1020.
    2. Live virtual comments will be accepted from remote participants who register to attend the meeting using the Webex Meeting system. Registration links are posted in the calendar listing for each meeting at www.LCPS.org and on this webpage (see above) while registration is open. 
    3. Written public comments will be accepted through the Written Public Comment Submission form.

    Important additional information about each Public Comment method follows. Please review this important information. 

     

    In-Person Public Comment

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and consistent with public-health mitigation recommendations and Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order #53, anyone entering the LCPS Administration Building is required to wear a face covering while in the building, including while making public comments at a School Board meeting. Speakers will be asked to stand in line in the lobby of the building with a minimum of 6 feet of separation from other members of the public or staff who may be present. Speakers will be admitted to the Board Room to make comments one at a time, in the order they registered to speak, and will be asked to leave the room immediately after making their comments. LCPS staff members will be on hand to assist in this process.

    Speakers must limit comments to the time allotted by the Chair and announced prior to the public comment period. The Chair determines the time based on the number of speakers and the agenda, but not to exceed five (5) minutes.

    For health mitigation reasons, depending on the number of registrants for in-person public comment, citizens may be asked to wait outside the LCPS Administration Building before making their comments.

    All speakers must sign-up prior to the start of the meeting. For details regarding registration deadlines for a particular meeting, visit BoardDocs to determine the public comment registration deadline as the timelines vary depending on the meeting start time and meeting type. You will be asked to provide your name, address and telephone number, subject matter, and organization represented, if applicable. 

    "No contact" walk-in registration will also be accepted in the lobby of the Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, Va., starting 30 minutes prior to the meeting until 5 minutes before the start of the meeting.

    Virtual Live (Remote) Comments
    Online and telephone registration will open at 8 a.m. two business days prior to the meeting. Registration closes one hour before the start of the meeting. For example, registration for a meeting being held on Tuesday at 4 p.m. will be open Friday at 8 a.m. through Tuesday at 3 p.m. Members of the public may receive a system-generated email after the registration closes, but the School Board is unable to accept registration after the registration cut-off time. The registration telephone number is 571-252-1030. 

    Each registrant will receive a unique speaker identification (ID) number by phone (if they call in) and/or via email for those who register online. The unique speaker ID information will allow participants to access the meeting to make live public comment. Speakers are prohibited from sharing speaker access information with others and will forfeit the opportunity to speak if the information is shared. Speakers must be logged into the meeting at the time their name is called to speak. Speakers must limit comments to the time allotted by the Chair and announced prior to the public comment period. The Chair determines the time based on the number of speakers and the agenda, but not to exceed five (5) minutes. 

    Written Public Comments
    Written comments also will be accepted from the public in advance of School Board meetings. Members of the public who wish to submit written comments are invited to use the Written Public Comment Submission form. Written comments may be submitted during the two business days prior to a School Board meeting, until 5 minutes before the start of the meeting. Comments will be provided to School Board members during the meeting, and will be posted to the BoardDocs meeting page afterward.

    Committee Meetings: Please visit the LCPS calendar listing (https://bit.ly/30Flybe) for the committee meeting that you wish to address for details about that meeting.

    DECORUM: Per School Board Policy 2520, the civility, decorum and respect for the functioning and dignity of the School Board shall be maintained at all times. As a result, the Chairman will not approve posting of written public comments that are breaches of decorum or of the rules set forth in Policy 2520.

Last Modified on January 12, 2021