Public Information Period

  • What is Public Information Period?

    The Richmond City School Board is responsible by law for the development, review, revision and adoption of division-wide policies to guide the operation of Richmond Public Schools. The School Board believes that public awareness of the policy making process is highly desirable and that consideration should be given to the views of teachers, parents and other concerned citizens in the development and implementation of school division policies.

    Public Information Period microphone

    The School Board welcomes citizen input and participation in matters concerning the operation of the school division. The "public information" segment of the agenda at regular meetings is allotted for the hearing of citizens concerning the services, policies and affairs of the City of Richmond Public Schools. Each citizen desiring to comment on any matter concerning such services, policies and affairs shall be allotted such time within the period as determined and allotted by the presiding officer. Each citizen will receive up to three (3) minutes to provide comment. The Chair may allow up to five (5) minutes for citizens representing organizations.

    Virtual Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    No in person public comment will be provided for during virtual meetings; however, if any citizen wishes to submit public comments for the Board, you are asked to submit those comments to the School Board Clerk by 1:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting to speakers@rvaschools.net. Any comments received will be provided to all Board members and included in the meeting record.

    In-Person Meetings

    Every citizen desiring to comment on matters before the Board as herein specified shall, no later than 1:00 pm on the day of the meeting at which such citizen desires to be heard, request the board clerk for an allotment of time by emailing speakers@rvaschools.net. In the event that time remains during the public information session, the Board may allow citizens who have not made a request an opportunity to be heard.

    Guidelines for Participation

    1. Speakers should state their full legal name prior to addressing the Board.
    2. Speakers will not be permitted to address or question the Superintendent, Board Attorney, Board Clerk, or any other staff member directly. Questions should be directed to the Chair, who may, at their discretion, solicit a response.
    3. Speakers must supply the Clerk, when scheduling an appearance, with a description of their topic and must confine their comments to that subject only.
    4. Speakers appearing before the Board will not be allowed to campaign for public office, promote private business ventures, engage in personal attacks of anyone, or use profanity or vulgar language.
    5. Applause is permitted during the awards and presentations period only.
    6. Citizens may express their views in writing in lieu of any oral presentation.
    7. Hearing impaired persons or individuals whose predominant language is not English may contact the Board Clerk in advance to make arrangements for an interpreter.

    Request to speak at a school board meeting by opening the Request to Speak Public Information Period form from this link. (Directions for submission are on the form.)