Shelton's Commenting Guidelines

Commenting Guidelines

District Community Meetings - Commenting Guidelines
Posted on 11/18/2020
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The Shelton School District and school board recognize the importance of involving members of the public in meetings and the value of public comment. Since migrating to virtual meetings, the board has taken time to simplify the public commenting guidelines with the intent to treat virtual meetings as closely to in-person meetings as much as possible. In doing so, also reducing the number of delayed calls and human error in using multiple technology platforms to ensure all who wish to comment, can do so.

Commenting Guidelines

Board Meetings – Business meetings that the community is invited to. Community members can make comments on agenda items. Since this is a business meeting, comments will only be taken during the designated community comment times at the beginning and ending of meetings. Questions asked will not be addressed during the meeting but will be followed up on as needed.

Special board meetings do not have community comment as a portion of the meetings.

11/18/20 UPDATE: Board meetings will now be streamed live via YouTube by MasonWebTV. Recordings of the video will be available on MasonWeb TV’s website in their archive section. Please visit to watch the live stream.

  • Comments and questions submitted for board members can be emailed to them directly. Emails will not be read aloud during board meetings but will be responded to directly by the board, or appointed staff member. If you wish to contact board members please use their individual email addresses that are listed on the school board website at
  • Public can join the Zoom meeting via telephone to comment during the comment time(s). You will join the meeting with your phone muted. Please press *9 to raise your hand and remain muted until you are called upon. *6 toggles audio status to mute/unmute. When finished talking press *6 on your phone to mute your audio.
  • Comments are limited to 3 minutes per person. A timer will be set and will sound when the 3 minutes are up.
  • Those that call in and interrupt the meeting will be removed from the meeting.

District Open Community Forums – This is an opportunity for the district to give updates to the community and answer specific questions.

  • Community forums will be held via Zoom with the option to call in or join the meeting via computer, they will no longer be streamed via YouTube. (Please note: School building open forums will continue to be streamed live via YouTube.)
  • Please be mindful of how you present your question(s) and/or comment(s) as the district will not allow complaints against any individual. Those speaking inappropriately will be warned. If they persist they will be removed from the forum.
  • Questions can be submitted multiple ways:
    • Email:
    • Zoom Chat: Questions will be read aloud by the host.
    • Speaking During the Zoom Session: Raise your hand by pressing “Alt+y”. Please wait for the host to call on you prior to speaking.
    • Phone: Call into the Zoom session and press *9 to raise your hand. Please keep your phone muted until you are called upon. *6 toggles audio status to mute/unmute. When finished talking press *6 on your phone to mute your audio.
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The Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Terry Meisenburg, Director of Human Resources. 360-426-1687. 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584. Complaint procedure can be found on this website under Board Policy #3210 (students) and #5010 (employees).

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