PUBLIC COMMENT CHEAT SHEET!
Public Commenting is an important opportunity to make your voice heard. Let our School Board know how you feel, what you think, how they can do better!
How to Join the Board of Education Meetings and Make Public Comment
Join the meeting at 5 PM! by clicking >>> HERE!. Webinar Password: 285386. (LINKS UPDATED MORNING OF BOE MEETING DAYS)
Meeting agenda can be found HERE.
During the “General Public Comment” portion of the meeting, you will: Press the “Raise Your Hand” button to get in queue to speak. When it is your turn, you will be unmuted. A box will appear and you will press “okay” to allow yourself to be unmuted. When the allotted time is over, you will then be re-muted. TIP: “Raise your hand” earlier than you think! Maybe even right away once you log in. You’re unlikely to get called on if you don’t have your hand raised right away. Leave it up. If they “lower all hands” when switching topics be sure to raise it again once they’ve moved onto the next topic.
To join the meeting by phone:
To listen to the meeting by phone, please call at the noticed meeting time (669) 900 9128, then enter Webinar ID:897 8466 7955 , then press “#”. Password: 285386 If asked for a participant id or code, press #
“Raise Your Hand” by pressing “*9” to ask to speak. When it is your turn, you will be unmuted. When the allotted time is over, you will then be re-muted.
Template for Your Clear and Powerful Public Comment
Below is a basic template for public comment. Please speak your own truth. They will announce if commenters will have 1 or 2 minutes to speak, depending on how many callers there are.
- My name is ________, and my child is in __ grade at ______ school.
- I would like to ask you to bring attention __________________. (Some ideas, below, updated by SF Parents Coalition weekly)
Meeting Items & Relevant Talking Points
- Items will be added the day of BOE meeting or before. If you have concerns you want SF Parents to lift up, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Item C.3: General Public Comment
Item H1: Update on Safety and Learning
- COMMIT TO KEEPING SCHOOLS OPEN: The super majority of schools in the US, and in San Francisco, have remained open and can continue to remain open, thanks to steady leadership and the adherence to public health guidelines which have been clear that our schools are the best place for our students to be, and to learn. Parents had to fight too long and hard for the ‘keep schools closed’ champions to notice that kids were suffering. Please ensure that schools have what they need to stay open.
- ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: The district could have handled our return to school from break in a better way. Testing and high quality masks could have been distributed far more efficiently. While I want to urge the district to respond to teacher’s demands for more accessible testing and high quality masks, in no way do I support closing down schools. Health experts and the California Teachers Association have recognized that school is the safest place for children and remain committed to keeping our schools open for in-person learning. Instead of shutting down schools, please work to expedite the safety measures that protect our children and educators in the classrooms. We urge the district to provide high quality masks, outdoor lunch options and accessible testing to ensure that schools can remain open.
- ADULTS LEADING FOR KIDS: Kids need school, and kids need adults who are willing to work together and solve temporary logistical problems. Put the politics down and be here for the kids, who look up to you and value you so much. Please address the misinformation that is out there so that our children and families feel safer coming back.
- CLARITY & CONSISTENCY OF PROTOCOL: I would like to encourage district leadership to better communicate and clarify the specifics with regards to covid safety protocols, such as quarantining and testing requirements for close contacts. There seems to be some confusion amongst both families and site leaders. This transition will be much easier if families and schools are clear on the public health guidelines. This will also make folks feel safer coming to learn in person! Thank you for your leadership during this time.
- MORE SUPPORT FOR ADMIN & STAFF: In order to address staffing issues and challenges that our district and school sites are currently facing, consider how to provide more resources for teachers and admin. Principals are overwhelmed. We need to give them more support. San Francisco is a city rich in resources and all stakeholders in our public education system need to band together to come up with creative and viable solutions to support school staff.