Speaking/Attending Board Meetings

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: Consistent with the August 18, 2021 declaration by the Town of Cary requiring face coverings in all indoor settings, properly worn face coverings are now required for those attending Board of Education meetings to limit the spread of COVID-19. In keeping with the Town's declaration, a face covering must be "secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears" and “fits snugly against the side of a person’s face." Board members, WCPSS employees, and the public must wear a face covering even if vaccinated. A properly worn face covering means the nose, mouth and chin are covered. If you are unable to wear a face covering because of a disability, you may watch the livestream of board meetings or listen by phone. 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 are also available by phone:

    +1-408-418-9388
    Access code: 2347 945 0261
     

    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 software.

Attend a School Board Meeting or 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.

  • [The links to the Google Forms will appear here when they are open.]

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  • 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.

    IMPORTANTIf you are selected to give public comment and are unable to wear a face covering due to a disability, please let us know when completing the registration form. Only those indicating a disability on the registration form will be permitted to remove their face coverings during public comment.

    If you are unable to wear a face covering, you will be asked to wait outside the building until you are contacted prior to your speaking time. After you are contacted, you will be allowed to enter the meeting room to give public comment. You will be asked to leave if you do not properly wear a face covering during the meeting. The meeting is available live via livestream on the district website or by phone.

    Attend a Board Meeting
    If you want to make an in-person public comment or attend a board meeting, 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.

  • [The links to the Google Forms will appear here when they are open.]

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  • 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 the form below. The link to the sign-up form 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.

  • [The link to the Google Form will appear here when it is open.]

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  • 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.

  • 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. 

    Speaking Protocols

    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.