Speaking/Attending Board Meetings
IMPORTANT: Face coverings are recommended but not required for those attending Board of Education meetings. You may also watch the livestream of board meetings or listen by phone. See details below.
Livestream/Audio feed for School Board Meetings
Board meetings, work sessions, and committee meetings are live streamed on the WCPSS YouTube channel.
Audio of full board meetings is also available by phone. Dial +1-408-418-9388 and enter access code 2337 216 2484.
Boardroom Seating Capacity
The capacity of the Wake County Board of Education Boardroom has been revised to accommodate 100 people. If necessary, priority will be given to public presenters, those offering public comment, and honorees and their guests.
Meeting protocols and standards
Wake County Board of Education meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school system. The public is cordially invited to attend Board meetings to observe the Board as it conducts its official business. Per Policy 2310: “Persons who willfully interrupt, disrupt, or cause disturbances at an official meeting may be directed to leave by the presiding officer. Members of the audience should show respect for the speakers by refraining from loud comments or other disruptions. Disruptions by any person or persons at a public meeting will be subject to action in accordance with G.S. 143-318.17."
G.S. 143-318.17: “A person who willfully interrupts, disturbs, or disrupts an official meeting and who, upon being directed to leave the meeting by the presiding officer, willfully refuses to leave the meeting is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.” Penalties for disruption include being directed to leave board meetings by the presiding officer and exclusion from school property.
Make a Public Comment
Submit Your Public Comment Electronically
Written and video public comment form links will appear below 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.
If you want to make an in-person public comment, complete one of the following forms. Links to the forms will appear below 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 speak. 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 opportunity to provide public comment in person will be offered to the next person on the list.
Attend a School Board Work Session
Public comment is not an agenda item for School Board work sessions. Seating availability is first come, first served up to 100 people.
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.
Speakers are welcome to offer comments or criticism directed at substantive ideas, actions, or procedures of the Board and individual Board members. In the interest of maintaining civility and decorum, however, speakers are encouraged to refrain from personal attacks and insults directed at the Board, individual Board members, staff, or members of the general public.
The laws and policies of North Carolina provide that issues or concerns involving individual personnel matters are confidential, and therefore, not appropriate for public comment settings. Concerns related to personnel issues may be addressed through applicable WCPSS personnel, the grievance policy, or other applicable policies.
Speakers, including students, may discuss issues and matters of general concern, but should refrain from discussing confidential student information. Concerns related to confidential student matters may be addressed through applicable WCPSS personnel, the grievance policy or other applicable policies.