Citizen Participation

The School Board welcomes comments from Fairfax County residents and believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system.

Any material to be distributed to School Board members must be delivered to the School Board Office no less than one business day prior to a meeting to allow the Board members sufficient time to review the material.  Please provide 16 copies of any material to be distributed; a copy will be retained in the School Board Office for the public record.

You may mail your written comments to the School Board Office, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Suite 5400, Falls Church, VA 22042, or e-mail the School Board at fairfaxcountyschoolboard@fcps.edu. (Please be aware that correspondence with School Board members is subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. This means that your correspondence may be made public if (1) it deals with FCPS business and (2) someone requests it--- even if you have asked that your message be kept confidential. Only a few topics are exempt from the disclosure requirement, such as information about identifiable students, and personnel information about individual employees.)

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Frequently Asked Questions


Request to Speak at Regular Business Meetings

Who may speak?

Fairfax County and City residents, FCPS employees, and non-Fairfax County business partners may address the Board.  The School Board Chairman may make exceptions about who may address the Board during citizen participation.

The Board expects that speakers deliver their comments with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of the public's business.

Is written testimony required?


While written testimony is not required, providing written comments allows the Board and the staff the advantage of further review of your comments.  The Board, therefore, requests that you bring 16 copies of your remarks to the meeting and give them to the Deputy Clerk upon your arrival. As an alternative, you may e-mail your written remarks to Board members prior to the meeting at this address: fairfaxcountyschoolboard@fcps.edu .

Your written remarks will be posted to the web page [in the Citizen Participation portion of the agenda] following the meeting.

What topics may I address?


Citizens may address topics on the regular meeting agenda:  a specific presentation, a new business item, an action item, or a resolution.

An individual may speak about matters not on the published agenda if slots are available on the day of the meeting.  

What topics may not be addressed?


The School Board will not hear statements involving issues that have been scheduled for a public hearing (such as Capital Improvement Program, budget, and boundaries).

Complaints regarding individual students or school-based employees may not be addressed.  Any such concerns should be directed to the appropriate school principal or other school official.

How long may I speak?


Each speaker shall limit his or her remarks to three (3) minutes.

How do I sign up to speak?

ONLINE
An individual may sign up online beginning at 6 a.m. three (3) business days prior to the meeting.  A maximum of ten (10) speaker slots are available, first come, first served.
 
The speakers list closes at 4:30 p.m. on the last business day prior to the meeting date.

BY PHONE
An individual may sign up by calling the School Board office at 571-423-1075.

IN PERSON (If slots are available)
An individual may come to the Board meeting and complete a request form, available from the Deputy Clerk of the School Board during the 30-minute period preceding the start of the meeting. An individual may call the School Board office at 571-423-1075 on the day of the meeting to determine if slots are available.

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Request to Speak at a Public Hearing

FAQs

What topics are reserved for public hearings?

The School Board schedules public hearings on specific topics, such as boundaries, budget, and the Capital Improvement Program to provide an opportunity for many residents to address the Board. Speakers at public hearings must limit their remarks to the topic germane to the public hearing.

How do I sign up to speak at a public hearing?


ONLINE
An individual may sign up online.

BY PHONE
An individual may sign up by calling the School Board office at 571-423-1075.

Five (5) public hearing speaker slots are reserved for individuals, who have not registered in advance, to address the Board after registered speakers.  Unregistered individuals may also use "no show" speaker slots to address the Board.

When does the speakers list open and when does it close?


The speakers list will open at 6 a.m. at least ten (10) business days prior to the public hearing. The list will close at 4:30 p.m. on the business day immediately preceding the day of the hearing for weekday hearings, or at 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday preceding a Saturday public hearing.

Who may speak at a public hearing?


Fairfax County and City residents, FCPS employees, and non-Fairfax County business partners may address the Board. The School Board Chairman may make exceptions about who may address the Board during the public hearing.

The Board expects that speakers deliver their comments with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of the public's business.

Are substitute speakers allowed?


In the event a scheduled speaker cannot attend the hearing, a substitute speaker may present the scheduled speaker's remarks. If a scheduled speaker wishes to relinquish their slot to someone else, the scheduled speaker should call the School Board office no later than 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

No one person shall be permitted to substitute for more than one speaker on the list and no one person shall be permitted more than one slot on the speakers list.

How long may I speak?


Each speaker shall limit his or her remarks to three (3) minutes.

Is written testimony required?

While written testimony is not required, providing written comments allows the Board and the staff the advantage of further review of your comments. The Board, therefore, requests that you bring 16 copies of your remarks to the meeting and give them to the Deputy Clerk upon your arrival.

Your written remarks will be posted to the web page [on the public hearing agenda] following the meeting.

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Request to Submit Video Testimony for Regular Business Meeting

FAQs

Who may submit a video?

Fairfax County and City residents, FCPS employees, and non-Fairfax County business partners may submit video for presentation at a regular School Board meeting. The School Board chairman will make the final determination as to which videos may be presented during citizen participation.

Video testimony must adhere to the same Board expectation for in-person presentations that 
speakers deliver their comments with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of the public's business.
FCC regulations govern all television broadcast material and prohibit obscene, indecent or profane audio or visual content. Videos not meeting this standard will be rejected. 

What topics may be addressed in video testimony?

Video testimony must address topics on the regular meeting agenda: a specific presentation, a new business item, an action item, or a resolution.

What topics may not be addressed in video testimony?

The School Board will not hear statements involving issues that have been scheduled for a public hearing (such as Capital Improvement Program, budget, and boundaries).

Complaints regarding individual students or school-based employees may not be addressed. Any such concerns should be directed to the appropriate school principal or other school official.

Is there a time limit for video testimony?

Yes. Video submissions must be three (3) minutes or less.  Videos that exceed three minutes will be rejected.

How do I submit video testimony for consideration?

ONLINE
An individual wishing to submit video testimony must make their request online, and the request must include the web link to their video at the time the request is submitted. A maximum of five (5) video submissions will be accepted, first come, first served.

The sign up for video submissions will open at 6 a.m. three (3) business days prior to the meeting and close at 7 a.m. on the last business day prior to the meeting date.

Helpful hints for recording a video:

The best place for recording a video is a quiet, well-lit room. Eliminate all background noise when possible (i.e. the TV, stereo, or others chatting). Turn on multiple lights in the room or use windows when daylight is available.

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