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IMPORTANT NOTICE

  • The Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center (RBELC) will not open to the public until thirty (30) minutes prior to the starting time of the meeting.
  • The public shall enter the RBELC from the Amelia Street entrance only and will be required to pass through the metal detectors. OCPS staff will be present to direct the public.
  • Members of the public who wish to speak during the Pre-Agenda Public Input Period (on non-agenda items) and the Public Comment Period (for items on an agenda during a Regular School Board Meeting, Public Hearing, or Rule Development Workshop) shall follow the procedures set forth under the “Who Can Speak” tab below.
  • There will no congregating in the lobby. The public can either enter the Board chambers or a designated overflow room, when needed.
  • Members of the public will not be permitted to stand in the back of the Board chambers or congregate in the Board chambers.
  • A section in the back of the Board chambers will be reserved for the media.
  • Blocking the view of others with signage or other items is prohibited.
  • No food or drink is permitted inside the Board chambers.
  • By entering onto OCPS property, you affirm:
  1. That you do not have chills, a sore throat, cough or shortness of breath; AND
  2. That you do not currently feel ill.

*If you cannot affirm either of the two statements above, and/or you have a temperature of 100.4 or over, you must leave OCPS property immediately.

MEETING FACTS

WHAT?

The School Board of Orange County, Florida holds different types of meetings.

  • Regular School Board Meetings are held to conduct the official business of The School Board of Orange County, Florida. At Regular School Board Meetings, members of the public are invited to provide public comment on any proposition (an action item on the agenda) before the School Board.
  • The School Board also holds Public Hearings and Rule Development Workshops to discuss specific issues. Public Hearings and Rule Development Workshops give community members the opportunity to participate in the discussion of issues and to provide public comment before formal action is taken at a Regular School Board Meeting.
  • The School Board conducts Work Sessions to study and discuss specific issues. Work Sessions are designed to provide the opportunity for the School Board and staff to discuss particular items and they are open to the public; however, the public may not participate in discussions or provide public comment since no formal action is taken at a Work Session. Many Work Session topics result in an item being brought forward at a Regular School Board Meeting, Public Hearing, and/or Rule Development Workshop at which the public has the opportunity to provide public comment.

WHEN?

Regular School Board Meetings are typically held twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Public Hearings, Rule Development Workshops, and Work Sessions are scheduled as needed.

WHERE?

Unless otherwise indicated in the meeting notice, all meetings are held in the School Board Chambers of the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 West Amelia Street, in downtown Orlando.

WHO CAN ATTEND?

In accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law, all meetings are open to the public, except those dealing with bargaining (involving the unions), executive sessions (involving pending litigation), and/or closed sessions (involving safety/cybersecurity plans).

WHO CAN SPEAK?

In-Person Speakers

  •  Pre-Agenda Public Input Period Speakers.
    • Members of the public who wish to speak during the Pre-Agenda Public Input Period (on non-agenda items) will move through a separate line where they will be given a pre-numbered speaker card (blue card) to fill out and turn in at the Information Desk in the lobby prior to entering the Board chambers.
    • Pre-Agenda Public Input Period speaker cards (blue cards) are only accepted at the Information Desk in the lobby beginning fifteen (15) minutes prior to the meeting’s start time.
    • Only members of the public who fill out the pre-numbered Pre-Agenda Public Input Period speaker card (blue card) and turn it in prior to the start of the meeting will be permitted to speak.
    • Note that Policy BEDH allocates thirty (30) minutes for the Pre-Agenda Public Input Period and allows up to three (3) minutes per speaker, so it is possible that not all speakers will have an opportunity to speak.
    • In no event will Pre-Agenda Public Input Period speaker cards (blue cards) be accepted once the meeting has started.
    • Members of the public who do not wish to speak during the Pre-Agenda Public Input Period will follow the line leading directly to the Board chambers.
  • Regular School Board Meeting, Public Hearing, or Rule Development Workshop Public Comment Period Speakers.
  • Members of the public who wish to speak during the Public Comment Period (on an agenda item) at a Regular Meeting, Public Hearing, or Rule Development Workshop will move through a separate line where they will be given a pre-numbered speaker card (yellow card) to fill out and turn in at the Information Desk in the lobby prior to entering the Board chambers.
  • Public Comment Period speaker cards (yellow cards) are only accepted at the Information Desk in the lobby beginning fifteen (15) minutes prior to the meeting’s start time.
  • Only members of the public who fill out the pre-numbered Public Comment Period speaker card (yellow card) and turn it in prior to the start of the meeting will be permitted to speak.
  • In no event will Public Comment Period speaker cards (yellow cards) be accepted once the meeting has started.
  • Members of the public who do not wish to speak during the Public Comment Period will follow the line leading directly to the Board chambers.

 Telephonic Speakers: 

  • For those members of the public who wish to address the School Board during the Pre-Agenda Public Input Period (on non-agenda topics), the telephone number for such participation is 407-250-6270.
  • For those members of the public who wish to address the School Board on an item on the agenda at a Regular School Board Meeting, Public Hearing, or Rule Development Workshop during the Public Comment Period, the telephone number for such participation is 407-250-6270.
  • Callers may only get into the calling queue beginning fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the Pre-Agenda Public Input Period (on non-agenda topics) and/or fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the Regular School Board Meeting, Public Hearing, or Rule Development Workshop for topics on the agenda (the Public Comment Period will begin and public comment will be taken as the School Board goes through the agenda).
  • Callers who get into the calling queue in the allotted time (fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of each meeting) will hear a brief message advising them to hold. OCPS staff will answer those calls on hold in the order received, take the caller's name and telephone number in case the call gets disconnected, and place the caller in the queue for the applicable School Board meeting.
  • In no event will the calling line remain open for additional callers after the meetings have started.Callers who call in outside of the allotted time will only hear the line ringing and the call will not be picked up.

Via Email:

Members of the public who wish to provide public comment via email for the School Board's consideration at the Regular School Board Meeting, Public Hearing, or Rule Development Workshop may send an email to [email protected] by 5:00 PM on the Monday before the scheduled meeting.

The public is asked to provide their name, address, agenda item, and written public comment so that OCPS staff can properly sort each public comment as it applies to each agenda item for discussion at the applicable meeting.  The emails that are received by that time will be compiled by OCPS staff and provided to each School Board member electronically and/or in hard copy for consideration by 10:00 AM the day of the meeting.

SPEAKER GUIDELINES

Speakers are allowed up to three (3) minutes to address the School Board during the Pre-Agenda Public Comment Period and the Public Input Period.  Public Comment and/or Public Input on the following topics are not permitted:

  • matters subject to any quasi-judicial process;
  • pending litigation (including any issues related to pending investigations or employee or student discipline matters);
  • bargaining process or other workplace labor concerns (there is a bargaining process and system in which bargained issues and labor complaints may be brought to the table between the parties); and/or
  • prospective or current vendors and lobbyists are not permitted to comment during the bidding black-out/no-contact period.

Section 286.0114(2), Florida Statutes, provides that "[m]embers of the public shall be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard on a proposition before a board or commission."  This opportunity occurs during the Public Comment Period of a Regular School Board Meeting, Public Hearing, or Rule Development Workshop. 

Section 286.0114(3), Florida Statutes, provides that the public's "opportunity to be heard" does NOT apply to "[a]n official act involving no more than a ministerial act, including, but not limited to, approval of minutes and ceremonial proclamations." Accordingly, members of the public who wish to speak to an action agenda item during a Regular School Board Meeting may speak on items 3-15 and/or item 17; the remainder of the agenda items are either ministerial or are not a “proposition” before the School Board.

SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES PERTAINING TO SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS:

The following School Board policies govern School Board meetings:

CODE

POLICY NAME

ADOPTION DATE

 

 

 

BE

School Board Meetings

April 12, 2022

BEC

Executive Sessions and Closed Sessions

April 12, 2022

BEDH

Public Input at School Board Meetings

April 12, 2022

 

 




 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodation to participate in meetings should contact the Office of School Board Services at 407-317-3236 at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting.  If you need any assistance or adaptive devices to ensure your participation, contact the following:

  • If you are hearing impaired, call 407-317-3409.
  • For spoken language translation services, call 407-317-3410.
  • For the visually impaired, call 407-317-3437.

APPEALS:

Under Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, “if a person decides to appeal any decision made by a board…with respect to any matter considered at a meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.”

CANNOT ATTEND?

Watch live (or replay) on the School Board’s YouTube Channel.

QUESTIONS?

Call the Office of School Board Services 407-317-3236.


School Board meeting notices are published in The Orlando Sentinel at least seven (7) days before a Regular School Board Meeting and at least twenty-one (21) days before a Public Hearing and/or Rule Development Workshop in accordance with the Florida Statutes.  Notices are also posted on the first floor of the RBELC.


ARCHIVES:

A video archive of past meetings is available on the School Board YouTube channel. Audio recordings are also stored on the Board You Tube channel or may be acquired by a written records request mailed to OCPS, Records Department, Building 500, 6501 Magic Way, Orlando, FL 32809 or via email to [email protected].

All Regular School Board meetings are broadcast live on Vision TV, an Orange County Government TV channel available on Spectrum channel 492, Comcast channel 98 and digital antenna channel 10.3. Regular School Board Meetings, Work Sessions, and Rule Development Workshops are also streamed live and archived on the OCPS YouTube channel (YouTube.com/OCPSboardmeetings). School Board Meetings are shown and recorded in their entirety with the exception of student discipline, employee matters, and the Pre-Agenda Public Input Period.

MINUTES:

"Current" minutes are the ones most recently approved by the School Board. The current minutes can be found here.

Notices

Details for individual meetings below. For agendas, select BoardDocs on left side of this page.


School Board/Superintendent Annual Planning Meeting | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Pre-Agenda Public Input Period, 4:00 PM | Budget Public Hearing & School Board Meeting, 5:01 PM - Tuesday, September 13, 2022


School Board Work Session - Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 10:00 AM 

Pre-Agenda Public Input Period, 4:00 PM | Public Hearing & School Board Meeting, 4:45 PM - Tuesday, August 30, 2022


Rule Development Workshop - Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 10:00 AM

Pre-Agenda Public Input Period, 4:00 PM | Public Hearing & School Board Meeting, 4:45 PM - Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Pre-Agenda Public Input Period, 4:00 PM | Budget Public Hearing & School Board Meeting, 5:01 PM - Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Rule Development Workshop - Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 10:00 AM

School Board Work Session - Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 10:00 AM