Public Will Have Restricted Access to Loudoun School Board Meetings

School Board meetings will look a bit different this year, as no spectators will be allowed in the room for public comment. The policy change comes in response to the chaotic June 22 board meeting that resulted in the unruly public being cleared from the boardroom.

The district’s new policies—to be in effect for the board’s Aug. 10 meeting and “and for the foreseeable future”—only permit members of the public who are registered to deliver public comment to enter the board room. Speakers will enter the boardroom in groups of 10. Lines of speakers will form in groups of 10 prior to being admitted to the boardroom. 

A spokesman for the district said that there will me limited seating for the business portion of the meeting.

Speakers will not be allowed to bring in a number of items, including “bags and purses, backpacks, food, sticks or rods of any kind, voice enhancement devices, aerosols, noise-making devices, mace, pepper spray, supports for signs or flags, weapons of any kind,” according to the district’s announcement. 

A list of pre-registered speakers will be shared at the administrative offices and on the school division website. To speak at the meeting, the public will have to register to speak in person, or virtually, or submit written comments. Registration begins on Aug. 6 and closes at noon on Aug. 10. Walk-up comment will be accepted up until five minutes before the start of the meeting.

Media members are also required to request credentials in advance of the meeting.

Prior to the new procedures being implemented, the boardroom was open to all members of the public to view the public comment session and the meeting. 

More information on the district’s updated meeting procedures is available here.

27 thoughts on “Public Will Have Restricted Access to Loudoun School Board Meetings

  • 2021-08-05 at 2:35 pm
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    Yet another action of a cowardly board! Ignore the will of the electorate, stomp on their right to speech and address government, and then ban citizens from meetings. Is this more Hitler or more Stalin? Can Loudoun Now set up a poll on this?

    • 2021-08-05 at 9:31 pm
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      Faced with organized chanting, crafted falsehoods, and deliberate misconduct by hate filled mob organized and lead by the ADL ( a SPLC designated hate group), this is exactly the right course. The majority spoke last election. The board is following the law. And I’m sick of pretending you people are civil. I’m part of one of the minorities you hate and are targeting.

      School Board? Keep it up.

  • 2021-08-05 at 3:06 pm
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    Bad idea. There should be full public access for a public school system paid for by public taxes.

  • 2021-08-05 at 3:19 pm
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    What a great move by the LCSB!

    While the MAGA insurrectionist crew that shut down the last school board meeting will scream about their right to speech being infringed upon it was actually them who shut down the speech of others.

    • 2021-08-05 at 9:32 pm
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      Incorrect, it is the marxist and tyrannical rulings of this rogue school board that has stirred the passions of the public to the core — I believe as one of the speakers said “We are Disgusted!”…..

  • 2021-08-05 at 3:44 pm
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    Treating the public and media like convicts. So very ‘progressive.’ Give us the names of the members who voted for this.

    This totalitarian thug action should dispel any notion that the school board actually cares about education, our kids, or what the people who pay their salaries think. They’re doubling down in their effort to become the most despised organization in Loudoun. Resign.

  • 2021-08-05 at 3:50 pm
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    Was this new policy voted on in public which is the law? Do they really want to keep the press from seeing the meeting first hand? Where is the general counsel on this and which board members voted against it? 🙂

  • 2021-08-05 at 4:01 pm
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    I can’t help but believe keeping the general public out of a public meeting held by an elected body is unlawful?

  • 2021-08-05 at 4:31 pm
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    So much for freedom of speech, the school boards needs to be sued.

  • 2021-08-05 at 4:34 pm
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    Create a coalition to identify and target individuals who disagree…check. Begin a propaganda campaign with carefully selected, misleading vocabulary…check. Disarm the populace…check. Break them into small, manageable groups…check.

  • 2021-08-05 at 4:50 pm
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    So we can expect more speaking sign-up shenanigans?

    I urge the entire SB to resign.

  • 2021-08-05 at 4:58 pm
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    This likely does not portend well for Loudoun students. The Democrats are reportedly conspiring for some rather draconian measures under the new Delta boogeyman, and they are rumored to be planning to shut down schools again in a couple of weeks under pressure from the teachers’ unions. Keeping the public out of public meetings will insulate them from the tremendous blowback Democats are going to get. Hopefully, after all is said and done, we will get educational vouchers for students to use in the future so they can actually get an education.

  • 2021-08-05 at 7:16 pm
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    Prepare yourselves for the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the outside agitators and the local extremists who want to use LCPS to increase far-right voter turnout.

    Perhaps they’ll move on and let LCPS get back to education.

    • 2021-08-06 at 10:22 am
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      It’s been at least a couple of years since the LCPS gave a darn about education. It’s all about social engineering and indoctrination.

      You’re living in a fantasy world if you think otherwise.

    • 2021-08-06 at 1:42 pm
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      When will they get back to teaching since the past year has been a cluster. The only positive thing was William’s resignation. Now we’re back to uncertainty as to how this year will play out in the classroom with or without masks on in person education.

    • 2021-08-10 at 5:19 pm
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      The Left’s definition of “far right”: all non-Marxists.

  • 2021-08-05 at 8:12 pm
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    Are we surprised that this cowardly group of nine would change the rules?

    NOPE.

    All nine + Ziegler, should resign.

    They do not care about Loudoun youth and they sure as heck don’t give a hoot about Loudoun parents who continually get shut out of important education decisions.

    A secret Facebook group was created by members of the school board that profiled concerned parents. This was an illegal activity and unacceptable behavior.

    Rest assured Loudoun, the recall will FLUSH these racist, marxist school board members soon!

  • 2021-08-05 at 9:37 pm
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    The taxpayers who fund the school building, school board, and administration should be allowed to be in the public within fire marshall requirements of building capacity (700)…..this is an effort to silence the opposition as convict wannabe Beth Barts would say, disrupt freedom of assembly, and speech — if the school administration does not want your input I would redirect your property tax dollars to a charity of your choice….the radical and narrow-minded school system is underserving of your dollars….

    • 2021-08-06 at 4:28 pm
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      The children are, however. And that’s not how taxes work. But please, by all means inform the county you are withholding your taxes and redirecting them. I would be happy to pick up your property at the lien sale.

    • 2021-08-06 at 4:30 pm
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      Meh. The people who seem to want the Politburo are those complaining about Olympic athletes being too “woke.” Those types would love life in Belarus.

      I think this LCPS board decision is foolish and illegal. But you are being ridiculous.

  • 2021-08-06 at 11:22 am
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    Has there ever been a school board this echo chamber liked?

  • 2021-08-06 at 2:35 pm
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    For once, I find myself in agreement with those I frequently tussle with here.

    This is bad. It’s illegal. The meetings should be open to the public. Of course, the public should behave at the meetings — but that’s a different issue.

    I would join any lawsuit for access.

  • 2021-08-07 at 5:22 pm
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    I don’t attend the meetings and don’t plan to. With that said, have the meetings open to the public, if someone causes a disturbance and refuses to leave arrest them, just as what recently happened. I don’t think the meeting should have ended but I do not lose a single second of sleep for the gentleman arrested.

  • 2021-08-08 at 5:37 pm
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    This is of course, terrible. Shutting the public out, muzzling dissent, trampling on free speech. Hallmarks of the Left’s new “democracy”. Yet as bad as this is, what the public schools are about to do to our children is infinitely worse. What can be done before September? Not much. What might work is outright civil disobedience. Parents must tell their children that their teachers are WRONG. Students must refuse to participate and they must tell their teachers that they are WRONG. Succeeding in school now means submitting to brainwashing. Stop “succeeding”. They are counting on our compliance. Don’t give it to them. Resist. The old measures of success, the old rewards, don’t mean anything anymore. If you can’t pull your kids out of the public schools, then give them permission to resist. Do as Mario Savio, the leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, implored us to do in 1964:

    “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels… upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

  • 2021-08-14 at 8:58 am
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    You have to be insane to buy property in Loudoun county because now you can pay the highest taxes and get the least quality education in the country. People used to look for the Loudoun school district when purchasing a home for the sake of their children’s future, now you can be embarrassed to say you attended a freak show where academics is the least thing focused on, its all about race and sexual identity. The world now knows Loudoun equals a no return on cost of education and its only a matter of time before property values crash, of course taxes will rise to pay for racist programs and useless ideas and of course teachers salaries.

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