• Participate in a Board Meeting or a Public Hearing

    Participate in a Board Meeting or a Public Hearing

  • How to Participate in Public Meetings

    Board Meetings

    Interested in providing testimony to the Board of Education (Board) regarding meeting agenda items and educational policies and procedures in general? The Board welcomes members of the community to provide comments for its Board meeting.

    During the COVID-19 related emergency, the Board will be meeting virtually via ZOOM.  According to the newly-adopted Policy 8100, community members will be able to provide comments for review during Board meetings, including live testimony, and the submission of written testimony, a pre-recorded video or audio-recording. Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration to provide live testimony, written testimony, pre-recorded video and audio-recordings will be accepted from the community until noon the day of the meeting. Written and pre-recorder video and audio-recordings will be posted on BoardDocs under the “Public Comments” section of the agenda. All testimony must not exceed three (3) minutes in duration.  You do not need to sign up to observe the meeting.  
    All registrants MUST register themselves and provide their personal contact information  (email, telephone number, etc.). 
    To present your testimony live during the meeting, please log in to the Zoom meeting by 6 pm.  Shortly before your name is called, you will be moved from the attendee pool and be added as a panelist so that everyone may hear your testimony.  When your name is announced, you will have 3 minutes to present your testimony.  After which, you will be returned to the attendee pool.  NOTE:  In Zoom, please use the name you used to sign up for public comments so it is easy to identify you in the attendee pool.
    In your verbal, written testimony, pre-recorded video or audio testimony you are asked to:
    • use titles rather than the individual names of anyone you need to refer to in your testimony;
    • refrain from using any vulgar remarks, inappropriate language, or making personal attacks against anyone;
    • include only your name and the date of the Board meeting at the top of your testimony, but not include any other personal contact information (including address, phone number, email address) 
    Your adherence to these guidelines will enable the public comment process to move smoothly. If you do not adhere to these guidelines, you may relinquish your privilege to provide public comment at future Board meetings or public hearings.
    You may submit your testimony via email to testimony@pgcps.org.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.   

    Community members observing this Board of Education meeting may access Spanish simultaneous interpretation by clicking the globe at the bottom of the Zoom screen and selecting "Spanish." Consecutive interpreting services are available for Spanish-speaking parents and community members who sign up in advance to provide testimony. 

    Click here to register to provide testimony

    Board Committee Meetings

    During the COVID-19 related emergency, the Board Committees (Academic Achievement Committee; Operations, Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee; and Policy & Governance Committee) will be meeting virtually via ZOOM.  According to the newly-adopted Policy 8100, community members will be able to submit comments for review during Committee meetings, including live testimony and the submission of written testimony, pre-recorded video or audio-recording. Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration for live testimony, written testimony, pre-recorded videos, and audio-recordings will be accepted from the community until noon the day of the meeting and posted on BoardDocs under the “Public Comments” section of the meeting agenda. The Committee will allot 12 slots for the submission of testimony from the public and reserve 3 slots for our labor partners. All live testimony, pre-recorded video or audio testimony must not exceed three (3) minutes in duration and must adhere to the same expectations for in-person presentations.

    Click here to register to provide testimony during the Operations, Budget & Fiscal Affairs Committee Meeting

    Click here to register to provide testimony during the Academic Achievement Committee Meeting