Public Comment (during the COVID pandemic)
Given the continuing COVID-19 state of emergency, and with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order #N-29-20 signed on March 17, 2020 and Executive Order #N-08-21 signed on June 11, 2021, regarding relaxed teleconferencing provisions sunsetting on September 30, 2021, the Rosemead School District Board of Trustees will adopt new procedures to continue holding public meetings in person and via teleconferencing pursuant to Assembly Bill (“AB”) 361.
AB 361, signed into law on September 16, 2021, amends Government Code section 54953, authorizing the Rosemead School District Board of Trustees to conduct meetings under AB 361’s abbreviated teleconferencing procedures when the Board holds a meeting during a declared state of emergency, as defined under the California Emergency Services Act Government Code section 8625, and state or local health officials have imposed or recommended measures to promote social distancing, during a proclaimed state of emergency for the purpose of determining, by majority vote, whether meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees, or during a proclaimed state of emergency when the Board has already determined by majority vote that holding the meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees, subject to compliance with the requirements set forth in Government Code section 54953(e)(2).
If you wish to address the Rosemead School District Board of Trustees during the meeting, you may either submit a written request with your full name and comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 6:30 p.m. on the date of the meeting or provide your comments in real-time (via Zoom Meeting) to the Board directly. Submitted comments by members of the public during the meeting will be included in the official minutes.
All written requests should include: Speaker’s name, address, and topic. A District representative will call on each speaker to afford an opportunity to provide their comments in real-time or elect to have them read aloud by a District Representative.
The Board of Trustees values your comments. Pursuant to the Brown Act, Government Code 54954.2, 54954.3, and Education Code 35145.5, the Board cannot take any action or discuss a topic of concern until such time as the matter may appear as an item on a forthcoming agenda. Pursuant to Board Bylaw No. 9323, each individual speaker shall be allowed three minutes to address the Board on each agenda or non-agenda item. The Board shall limit the total time for public input on each item to 20 minutes.