Speaking/Attending Board Meetings

  • Livestream the School Board Meetings

    Board meetings, work sessions, and committee meetings are live streamed on the WCPSS YouTube channel.

    Boardroom Seating Capacity

    The Boardroom of the Wake County Board of Education can seat up to 60 members of the general public. If the number of people registered to attend a meeting, work session, or committee meeting exceeds this limit, seats will be allocated from a randomly generated list using Google Sheets.

    Face coverings are strongly encouraged for those attending.

Attend a School Board Meeting or Make a Public Comment

  • Submit Your Public Comment Electronically
    Written public comment forms open at 5 p.m. the Friday before and will close at noon the day of the Board Meeting. Comments are attached to the formal board agenda and made part of the meeting's public record.


    Board Protocol Regarding In-Person Public Comment
    If 21 people or more request a chance to offer public comment in person, up to 20 will be selected from a list of randomly generated names using Google Sheets.  

    Sign-Up
    If you want to make an in-person public comment or attend a board meeting or work session, complete one of the following forms. Forms open approximately 48 hours prior to the meeting start time. (This means the forms will open on Sunday for Tuesday meetings.) The forms to attend or speak will close at 5 p.m. the day before the meeting

    Please use one of the following links to register:


    You will receive an email by 5:30 p.m. the day before the meeting regarding your request to attend. If you receive an invitation, you must reply to confirm your attendance. If you do not confirm by noon the day of the meeting, your spot will be offered to the next person on the list.

    • Due to capacity restrictions, only one seat can be allocated to each person selected. It is not possible to save seats for others or bring family members who are not allocated a seat.
    • Your seat will be allocated to you for the entire meeting. You may arrive when you wish. Your seat will not be given to someone else should you leave the room.

Attend a School Board Work Session

  • Public comment is not an agenda item for School Board work sessions.

    If you want to attend a work session, complete this form. The form will open approximately 48 hours prior to the meeting start time. (This means the forms will open on Sunday for Tuesday meetings.) The forms to attend or speak will close at 5 p.m. the day before the meeting

    You will receive an email by 5:30 p.m. the day before the meeting regarding your request to attend. If you receive an invitation, you must reply to confirm your attendance. If you do not confirm by 10 a.m. the day of the meeting, your spot will be offered to the next person on the list.

    • Due to capacity restrictions, only one seat can be allocated to each person selected. It is not possible to save seats for others or bring family members who are not allocated a seat.
    • Your seat will be allocated to you for the entire meeting. You may arrive when you wish. Your seat will not be given to someone else should you leave the room. 

    Those attending the work session will be required to leave the room and re-enter, if they have a confirmed seat for the 5:30 pm School Board meeting.

  • Sign up

    Speakers must sign up online. Sign-up starts at 12:00 pm on the day of the meeting, and ends at 5 pm. Speakers must provide name, city and topic. 

    Speaking time

    During the public comment session, you may speak for up to three minutes. You will see a yellow light at the podium when you have 30 seconds remaining, then a red light when your time is up. If the public comment portion of the agenda exceeds 30 minutes, the board chair reserves the right to conduct other board business before inviting remaining speakers to the podium.

    Speaking order

    At regular Board meetings, speakers commenting on items on the night's agenda will be heard before speakers commenting on other topics. All other speakers will be heard in order of sign up.

    Special public hearings

    Special public hearings will be called for student assignment issues. Members of the public will be allowed to speak for a predetermined amount of time (usually two or three minutes) at public hearings. If the Board formally proposes any change that includes families not affected by the original proposal, then those families will be given an opportunity to speak.

    Discussing personnel concerns

    Due to confidentiality requirements, a public hearing is an inappropriate forum to discuss personnel issues. Citizens should instead contact the appropriate administrator in writing.