Rules of Decorum
The Fauquier County School Board welcomes comments from parents and residents and believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system. The Board expects speakers to deliver their comments with proper civility and respect and direct their comments to the business at hand. The public is to be respectful of the opinions of others and shall refrain from disruptive behaviors which impede the orderly conduct of any Board meeting such as applauding, cheering, or any negative response to a speaker's comments.
Where and when is the School Board meeting? Citizens may speak during Citizens' Time at regular School Board meetings held the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Falcon Room at Fauquier High School (unless otherwise announced). Please see calendar.
Where do I sign up to speak? Citizens wishing to speak during Citizens' Time can sign up online no later than 12 o'clock noon the day of the meeting using the Citizen's Time form (A sign-up sheet for Citizens' Time will be provided at each meeting for those unable to sign up in advance online. Those wishing to speak must sign the sheet prior to 7:00 p.m.)
How long do I have to speak? Each citizen will have three (3) minutes to speak; however, the Chairman reserves the right to revise the number of minutes allocated to each speaker depending upon the number of people wishing to speak.
Are notes/written testimony required? Written testimony is not required; however, providing written remarks to the Clerk of the School Board allows the Board to review your comments.
Are there procedures for groups or organizations? Each and every citizen is welcome to address the Board; however, if you are part of a group with identical concerns; it would be prudent for time's sake to choose a spokesperson to speak to the Board on your group's behalf.
What happens at the meeting? Upon recognition by the Chairman, a citizen, or spokesperson for a group will come to the microphone. The citizen will identify himself/herself by stating his/her name and voting district. A spokesperson for a group will identify himself/herself and may ask the group to stand momentarily allowing the School Board an opportunity to identify the number of individuals in attendance with a like concern.
Will the School Board or Administration respond? School Board members and/or the Superintendent may choose to respond to a citizen's concern directly following Citizens' Time if they believe it is necessary to correct a false perception or time is of the essence in a particular matter. However, standard procedures for a response to Citizens' Time will be during the next regular School Board meeting.