Public Participation

Public participation at Board meetings is welcome. Community members may sign up to speak to the Board during its regular meetings under the time allotted for public forum. Community members may sign up prior to the Board meeting to speak about items on the agenda.

Public Forum

In an effort to expand opportunities for community members to leave public comment, SFPS offers the following options:


  • Community members may email their comments for the Board of Education meeting to

  • Each comment will be read by a SFPS staff member.

  • All public comment rules will be followed (see Ground Rules below)

Live (Online) Public Comment

  • Community members may sign up to provide their public comment  through the Zoom video-conference meeting.

  • Community members may sign up to provide live (online) public comment starting Monday on the week of any board meeting.

  • Please mention in your email to that you would like to speak live (online). If you do not request to speak live, you will not receive a link a your email will be read.

  • Community members will be required to provide a name and email address.

    • Only those who emailed into will be selected. If you join the link without signing up for Public Forum, you will not be selected.

  • On the day of the board meeting, a link will be sent to join the board meeting.

  • You will join as a Attendee, and will not immediately have control of your sound or camera.

  • When it is your turn to speak, you will be prompted to join as a Panelist.  You will be a Panelist while you are speaking, and will be able to control your camera and microphone.

  • After your public comment, you will leave the meeting and can continue to watch the remainder of the meeting through the district YouTube.

  • NOTE:  SFPS is unable to provide technical support to community members to problem solve issues that may be experienced during the video-conference.

Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education Public Forum Ground Rules

1. Please listen and speak with respect. No uncivil conduct will be permitted.

2. Please do not discuss any specific student who is not your own.

3. No sharing of time.

4. Self-monitor and observe the three-minute time limit.

5. You will be given a 30 second warning when your time is almost up.

6. Public commentary and dialogue is allowed only during the Public Forum, not throughout the meeting.

7. Please search for answers on common ground.

8. You may speak on any topic, whether it is on the agenda or not. Your input will be taken into consideration.

9. Please be advised that the Board may discuss your issue during the meeting, but by law the Board cannot take action on items that are not on the agenda.