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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. 

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 at the discretion of the board.

• 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 [email protected] 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.

• We now use Zoom for regular board meetings. Be sure your screen name matches your request name so our communications manager can change your permissions that allow you to unmute yourself during public comment. 

• 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.

If the meeting is also held in-person, the board may offer the opportunity for in-person public comment as follows:

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

  • •  10 spots available.  Must be present to sign-up. We do not reserve in-person spots in advance.  Any unclaimed remote spots      will be added to the number of in-person spots available. 
  • •  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.

* In the event it becomes necessary to revert to a virtual-only format, those who have requested in-person public comment may submit their comments in writing to the board (email, snail mail or drop off at the district office) or reserve a virtual spot for the next board meeting.