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Loudoun School Board Updates Guidelines for Public Participation

 

The Loudoun County School Board wants the public to be aware that there will be some changes for public participation for its September 28, 2021.

 

Those who sign up to offer public comment to the School Board must fit the following criteria:

  1. They must be residents of Loudoun County (including its incorporated towns);
  2. Owners of businesses located in whole or part in Loudoun County; 
  3. LCPS students; 
  4. Parents and guardians of LCPS students that live outside of Loudoun County; or
  5. LCPS employees. 

 

Those wishing to speak to the School Board must provide proof that they meet these criteria using one of the following:

  • A valid Virginia driver’s license indicating Loudoun County residency;
  • A utility bill from 2021 with the resident’s name and a Loudoun County address;
  • A mortgage or rental lease agreement displaying the resident’s name and current street address of residency or business;
  • A current Employee ID or Student ID;
  • An email or letter from Loudoun County Public Schools to the parent from the 2021-22 school year regarding a currently enrolled LCPS student.
  • A student report card or progress report

 

“The School Board is making these changes in order to ensure that the voices of our parents and the LCPS community are heard rather than out-of-town agitators who would make Board meetings a platform for national politics or to enhance their own media profiles,” said School Board Chair Brenda L. Sheridan. “An informal survey of our neighboring jurisdictions shows that the Loudoun County School Board is one of the few governmental bodies that has minimal restrictions on speakers. Even with these changes, the School Board has some of the most open public comment practices in our region.” 

 

As previously announced, the order of virtual and in-person public comment will alternate from meeting-to-meeting. For the September 28 meeting, virtual comments will precede in-person speakers. 

 

Those attending the September 28 meeting will be expected to follow the mask regulations posted at the entrances to the Administrative Offices. To ensure physical distancing for those attending the business portion of the School Board meeting, which follows public comment, seating will be spaced to avoid close physical contact. This will result in limited public seating in the School Board Meeting Room.      

 

Published September 23, 2021