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Public Comment

Public Comment Process and Guidelines

The Puyallup School Board welcomes the public to its meetings and recognizes the importance of involving members of the public, both virtually and in-person.  Public comments will be accepted both in-person during the meeting and remotely with advanced notice as stated below.

To ensure an efficient and orderly operation of the meeting, the following guidelines are in place:

• Public comments are limited to three minutes each and a maximum of 20 total speakers.

• Written comments may also be submitted to the Board at any time by email or by providing copies to the board assistant at any regular board meeting.  

• Please review the information for Addressing the Board on the board brochure prior to speaking.

• The School Board will not respond directly to comments but will take them under advisement.

• Comments may be directed toward programs and school operations but may not concern complaints about district personnel.

• It is important for all community members to feel welcome and safe in the Board's business meetings. Audience members will be expected to treat all attendees with respect and civility, just as the Puyallup School District expects of students, staff and community members in our schools. 

• The board president shall terminate lengthy, inappropriate, or abusive discussion.

Remote Public Comment Process*                     
*Attendees give consent to being recorded by participating.

• 10 spots will be available

• You may email to request a virtual public comment spot no later than 2 p.m. the date of the meeting:

  • Include your name, phone number and the topic you wish to address. 
  • Write ‘Public Comment’ in the subject line of your email.

• Commentators will receive a unique meeting link via a Microsoft Teams calendar invite. Be sure to use your unique link to join the meeting (not the published one for general attendees).
You must "accept" the meeting notice you receive to be able to unmute yourself.

• Keep your microphone muted except when called on by the board president during the Public Comment portion of the agenda.

• Commentators will be recorded and shown on the livestream while speaking.

In-Person Public Comment Process*                  
*Attendees give consent to being recorded by participating.

  • •  10 spots available.  Must be present to sign-up.  Any unclaimed remote spots will be added to the number of in-person spots. 
  • •  Beginning 30 minutes prior to the meeting start time, comment cards will be available at the sign-in table at the entrance.
  • •  Submit completed comment cards to the board assistant or any staff member.
  • •  Approach the lectern when called upon during the public comment portion of the agenda.
  • •  Limit your comments to three minutes. 
  • •  Commentators will be recorded and shown on the livestream.