Loudoun County Public Schools on Sept. 23 announced several changes to its protocol for public participation for upcoming school board meetings, which went into effect with the board’s Tuesday, September 28 meeting.
Individuals who sign up to give public comment at school board meetings must be either residents or business owners with primary operations in Loudoun County, LCPS employees, LCPS students, or parents or guardians of students who reside outside the county.
The release states that individuals who wish to offer public comment at meetings demonstrate their eligibility through one of several possible verification methods: a Virginia driver’s license demonstrating residence in Loudoun County, a current year utility bill with the bearer’s name and address, an employee ID or student ID, etc.
School Board chair Brenda Sheridan said in the announcement that the policies were being put in place to “ensure that the voices of our parents and the LCPS community are heard rather than out-of-town agitators who would make Board meetings a platform for national politics or to enhance their own media profiles.”
During the school board’s next planned meeting this upcoming Tuesday, virtual comments will be submitted before in-person ones. Members said in the statement that participants will be expected to comply with mask regulations when inside LCPS’ administrative offices, and that there will be limited public seating in the board’s meeting room to allow for social distancing.