Public comment can be made at regular Bellevue School District Board of Director meetings. Public comment will begin at approximately 4:05 pm.
Currently, state requirements indicate all individuals in school buildings must continue wearing masks and maintain physical distancing. Community members are invited to address the Board on an issue or topic of relevance to the school district by attending the Board meeting in-person and signing-up for public comment, generally on a first-come first-heard basis except as specified below. Complaints about specific personnel will not be heard in open session and will not be part of the record of any public meeting. Statements or actions that are harassing, intimidating, or bullying toward any persons or groups of persons are not allowed.
Individuals will generally have two minutes for a comment; however, depending on the number of requests this time may be modified, and some who sign up may not have the opportunity to make public comment. If there are more individuals registered to make public comment than the scheduled time allows, a representative selection of comments will be heard during the 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. The Board may direct the Superintendent to respond to the issues expressed at a later date.
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, as well as serve as liaisons to a number of community organizations.