Virtual Board Meetings
Board Meetings During District 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 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 answers will be posted on the district’s 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.
Agendas, Minutes & Policies
Agendas are available from the Superintendent’s Office or can be printed from any school office the Monday afternoon before the meeting 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.
Current School Year
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 2020 or on the Kent School District Board Meetings YouTube channel for many years to come.
Previous School Years
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.