The Monroe School District Board of Directors will resume in-person board meetings beginning March 8, 2021 and will also continue to simultaneously broadcast their meetings via Zoom.
Board meetings have been held remotely since March of 2020 when Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-28, prohibiting in-person meetings and waiving and suspending laws and rules concerning RCW 42.56, the Public Records Act, and RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act. However, according to the new Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery plan, regions in Phase 2 may now permit public agencies, such as school boards, to add in-person components to their public meetings.
In alignment with the state's Miscellaneous Venues – COVID-19 Requirements, which were revised on February 1, 2021, in-person meetings may resume if they:
- Limit occupancy in each room to either 25 percent of capacity, or 200 people (excluding staff), whichever is fewer;
- Require that all attendees wear proper face coverings;
- Require that all attendees maintain six feet of physical distance from each other; and
- Sanitize the meeting rooms.
The provisions for an in-person option in Governor Inslee's amendment to Proclamation 20-28.14 describe it as "an addition to hosting the remote meeting," and therefore, the MSD Board of Directors will continue to stream their meetings via Zoom and allow public comment participants to speak either in-person or remotely via Zoom. The procedure for participating in the public comment portion of the meeting can be found on our website.In-person board meetings will be held at the district administration office at 14692 - 179th Avenue SE in Monroe and the links to the Zoom meetings can be found on the calendar on our website. All in-person attendees must sign-in at the meeting and attest to having no current COVID symptoms or exposure.