School Board Rolls Out Online Public Comments Amid Social Distancing Efforts

The Loudoun County School Board on Tuesday will hold its second meeting in a COVID-19-safe setting that will keep the public out of the room. In fact, everyone will be out of the room

During the board’s March 20 meeting, most board members were seated at separate tables around the meeting room and others participated via phone calls; the public had to look on from home.

For the March 31 meeting—and possibly into next month—the meetings will be conducted in an all-electronic format.

Another change this week will be an opportunity for individuals to provide public comment only by electronic means.

Under the new procedures adopted as part of the state of emergency declaration, comments will be accepted electronically via a public comment sign-up form on the school system website. Comments received at least 10 minutes before the start of each meeting will be posted for public review. 

State law allows such electronic public meetings only “to make decisions that must be made immediately and where failure to do so could result in irrevocable public harm.”

Among the items on Tuesday’s agenda are the award of two elementary school construction contracts and updates to the school division’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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