Virtual Meetings During Closure
Governor Jay Inslee announced new measures on March 24, 2020, to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19, this includes impacts on Open Public Meetings such as our Board Meetings. This proclamation suspends certain statutory requirements in the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Public Records Act (PRA) for 30 days.
The OPMA requires public meetings to have facilities made available for people to attend. Waving this requirement works to prevent the gathering of people to further curb the spread of the virus. However, governing bodies may only address “necessary and routine matters” as defined in RCW 42.30.020, or matters necessary to address the COVID-19 outbreak, for the 30 days the proclamation is active.
Public Comment Submission Form
Although it is not a requirement of the Open Public Meetings Act, the Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings.
Given the March 23, 2020, order from Governor Inslee to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” to all Washington residents, public comment for board meetings will be accepted via the following virtual process.
The public is encouraged to submit comments via the online Kent School Board Meeting Public Comment form.
- All comments must be submitted 30 minutes before the meeting begins and are limited to 450 words.
- All required fields must be completed or the comment will be considered invalid.
Comments will be read by the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Board during the public comment portion of the meeting unless marked for a specific agenda item. Comments provided will become part of the public record.
Questions raised at a board meeting through submitted public comment speaking to an issue may require further investigation and responses to public comments will be available on the KSD website.
The president may interrupt or terminate submitted public comment when it is too lengthy, obscene, or irrelevant. Abusive public comments personally directed towards staff members will be not be tolerated. The board as a whole will have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.
The public may submit written material to the superintendent's office at least one week in advance of the meeting when providing board members with background information.
February 24, 2021 Board Live Stream
The zoom – youtube connection updated just before the meeting began, so the live stream link is not currently under the School Board channel. We cannot move a live recording from channel to channel. To support viewing, we also posted a link to view the live stream on BoardDocs during the meeting.
Responses to Public Comment
The Kent School District will post responses to public comments that that include questions and:
- Do not involve employee complaints.
- Do not involve specific student records.
- Do not require the Board to bypass the KSD public records request process.
- Public comments are edited for spelling and grammar prior to being posted.
Agendas, Minutes & Policies
Agendas are available from the Superintendent’s Office or online at BoardDocs.
Meeting minutes and policies are accessible through the BoardDocs Site. To view meeting agendas, policies, from the BoardDocs website, click on the tabs at the top left of the page under the Kent School District logo.
Kent School Board is committed to open meetings and providing the community with access to its deliberations and processes.
As of the 2018-2019 school year, regular meetings (RM) and work sessions (WS) are live-streamed. The videos can be viewed on this website (see the Watch Now section below) through August or on the Kent School District Board Meetings YouTube channel for many years to come.
Prior to the 2018-2019 school year, only regular meetings were live-streamed. Videos from September 2014 to July 2019 are archived and available to view on the Kent School District Board Meetings YouTube channel.