Currently, state requirements include all individuals to wear masks while indoors in public spaces and physical distancing is strongly encouraged. Community members are invited to address the Board on issues or topics of relevance to the school district by attending the Board meeting in-person and signing-up for public comment. Public comment will be heard after 5:30 pm at the first meeting of the month, and the second meeting of the month, public comment will be heard toward the beginning of the agenda. The approximate time for public comment will be posted in the published agenda for each meeting.
Generally, the public comment period is limited to 10 minutes. The board is not obligated to provide additional public comment time, however, has the option to extend to 30 minutes if approved by a vote of the board.
The meeting chair may terminate an individual’s statement when the allocated time has passed, to ensure the maximum number of comments can be heard. The board will not tolerate uncivil discourse and the meeting chair may interrupt a speaker to maintain the same level of civility the board imposes upon itself. Examples of uncivil comments include comments that:
- Are libelous or slanderous;
- Are an unwarranted invasion of privacy;
- Are obscene or indecent pursuant to the Federal Communications Act or any rule or regulation of the Federal Communications Commission;
- Violate school district policy or procedure related to harassment, intimidation, bullying, or discrimination;
- Incite an unlawful act on school premises or violate a lawful school regulation; or
- Create a material and substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the Board meeting.
Any commenters who were not heard may submit information for the Board via email or voicemail (see below). While the Board will listen to all public comments carefully, the Board will not respond to comments spontaneously or without further deliberation.
It is important to note that community members have other means to share information with the Board, as well as directly with school district staff. In most cases, feedback should start with those closest to the situation or person – for example, to a teacher, principal, or program staff who are able to address concerns, particularly those relating to specific students or staff.
The Board has a dedicated email address (Board@bsd405.org) and voicemail (425-456-4270) for receiving communication in the senders’ language of choice that is distributed/transcribed to all Board directors and logged with staff. While individual Board directors do not usually respond directly, they do read all correspondence, and ask staff to respond to administrative/operational issues. The Board also hosts school visits with opportunity for engagement with families, students, and staff, as well as general community forums during the school year. Additionally, individual directors/pairs hold listening sessions and other community outreach events, and serve as liaisons to a number of community organizations.