All meetings are held in the School Board Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 West Amelia Street, in downtown Orlando.
In accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law, all meetings are open to the public, except those dealing with collective bargaining.
In addition to regular meetings, the board holds work sessions as needed to study and discuss specific issues. Work sessions are open to the public, but the public may not participate in discussions. No formal action is taken at work sessions.
The board also may schedule public hearings as needed to discuss specific issues. Public hearings give community members the opportunity to participate in the discussion of issues before formal action is taken at a board meeting.
If you wish to speak to the board about an action item on the agenda, you must submit a request form during the meeting. Forms are available at the board table in the School Board Meeting Room.
If you want to address the board about an item not on the agenda, you may sign up to be a Special Order Speaker at a Pre-Agenda meeting prior to the scheduled board meeting. Submit a written request to the superintendent's office (445 West Amelia Street, Orlando, FL 32801) with the subject you wish to discuss at least 8 days prior to the scheduled board meeting or email your letter/request to Deborah.McGill@ocps.net. Your letter/request should include any background information on the topic. Presentations are limited to five minutes.
A video archive of the past few meetings is available on the OCPS website. Select the Videos on Demand link from the home page.
All board meetings are videotaped and broadcast on Orange TV (Bright House Networks Channel 199) at 9 a.m. on the Fridays following the board meeting (except during legislative session) and at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays the week after the board meetings. The board meetings are aired in their entirety with the exception of student discipline, employee matters and special order speaker meetings. In keeping with School Board policy, if a citizen refers to a student discipline case or employee matters while addressing the board, his or her comments will not be included in the broadcast version of the board meeting.
Taped broadcasts of board meetings are also available on demand on Bright House digital channel 319.
School board meeting notices are published in The Orlando Sentinel at least seven days before the regular scheduled meeting and work session, at least 21 days before a public hearing, and 48 hours before an emergency meeting.