Trustees and senior staff all applaud health care workers at the beginning of the Chilliwack School Board meeting, held on Zoom and posted to YouTube, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The upcoming meeting on April 26 will allow participation from registered members of the public. (Screen capture)

Public invited to join discussion in online Chilliwack board of education meeting

Board to use a webinar version of Zoom to increase public participation, registration required

The Chilliwack School Board has found a way to allow public input during their online meetings.

They have been using Zoom to conduct meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that brought up concerns they weren’t able to allow the public to participate properly.

Now, they are using Zoom Webinar, which will allow members of the public to register to watch in real time, and ask questions or provide comments by typing into the Q and A function during the public participation portions of the agenda.

The announcement was made along with the release of the April 28, 2020 agenda, available online at www.sd33.bc.ca.

That means there will be a public participation portion of the meeting, but those wishing to take part will need to register in advance. Those wishing to participate need to provide their name, city, phone number and email address, and will receive and invitation by email to join the meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., April 28.

Some of the items on the agenda for the Tuesday evening meeting are a bylaw reading (first, second and third) for a school site acquisition charge, next year’s school calendar, and school namings for both the new integrated arts and technology school at AD Rundle, and the new southside Kindergarten to Grade 8 school that is being planned.

There will also be a COVID-19 report from staff, along with the regular updates from the trustees.

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