• Image of a microphonePUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

Your input is valued.

  • The School Board of Stafford County welcomes comments from parents, students and residents, and believes that strong community engagement is an important component of a successful school system. The board expects speakers to deliver their comments with civility and respect. Speakers are to be respectful of the opinions of others and refrain from disruptive behavior that impedes the orderly conduct of the board meeting.

    Where and when may citizens speak?:  Citizens may speak during the Citizen Comments portion of the school board's regular business meetings (on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the school board chamber).

    Where do I sign up to speak?:  Effective July 2022, individuals desiring to speak during a monthly board meeting must sign up before 2:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting. An online sign-up form is available below. Individuals who do not wish to use this form may contact the school board clerk via email or telephone before the deadline to be added to the sign-up list (hallmd@staffordschools.com or 540.658.6630).

    How long may I speak?:  Typically, each speaker is limited to three (3) minutes. However, the board chairperson reserves the right to reduce the number of minutes allocated to each speaker depending upon the number of people wishing to speak.

    What if I have handouts?:  If you wish to bring handouts for the board members, please bring nine (9) printed copies. 

    Is a written copy of my comments required?:  No, a copy is not required. However, if you want a copy of your speech to be attached to the meeting minutes for the historical record, you may give a copy to the board clerk after you have finished speaking.