The Prince William School Board Meeting has been cleared due to unruly crowds


At the chaotic Wednesday night at the Prince William County School Board meeting, the board unanimously approved a vaccine or test order for all department staff and made significant changes in the civic comment process.

Police are trying to clear a room at a Prince William County School Board meeting on September 15, 2021. (Inside Nova / Jared Fortek)

This article was written by news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today.

Noah’s Jared Fortek discusses what happened at the Prince William County School Board meeting.

At the chaotic Wednesday night at the Prince William County School Board meeting, the board unanimously approved a vaccine or test order for all department staff and made significant changes in the civic comment process.

For a while, it was not clear whether a public session of the meeting would take place. School security and the Prince William County Police Board were implementing a strict 53-person cassette for the public inside the meeting room, with more people trying to get in.

There were no quarrels and no arrests, but security guards were trying to break into the meeting room and there were seldom shouting matches between the public.

A resident who attended the meeting said that a group sang the national anthem on InsideNova’s Facebook page and then confronted others before clearing the room.

“There are no riots, angry parents deserve to be heard, but the school board was set up for us and never came out. Videos are shared and pwc sees the truth! God bless you all!” She wrote.

At 9:30 pm, two hours after the public session began, board members brought the remaining 15 people to the meeting room, delivered their agenda, and shut down public comment.

Before the Prince William County School Board meeting held on September 15, 2021, members of the public will be holding art and sitting on art. (Inside Nova / Jared Fortek)

At the Prince William School Board meeting on Wednesday night, some held signs against the “critical race theory”, which was one of the things that caused the show in Loudoun. Division leaders said it was not taught in local schools. Latif told Inside Nova that the decision to clear the building was a “security call” suggested by security personnel.

“My understanding is that the room was cleared because of security,” Latif said. “… the school board has chosen to go out and do business because the next meeting is in October.”

Among other things, the board had a deadline to prove the sale of several bonds for the improvements. The board’s next scheduled meeting will be held on October 6, and Latif told InsideNoVa after Wednesday’s meeting that no additional security measures had been decided.

For Wednesday night’s meeting, the department was mandating bag checks, and said it would implement socially-alienated Cassidy, as well as masks required in all school buildings. Many people came to the meeting without a mask.

Kelly was standing outside the center and three officers were assigned to the meeting to assist police security personnel, said Jared Phelps, deputy chief of police. It is not clear whether this is a higher number of police officers than usual or not, he said.

Latif said: “Our interest is that no one is hurt in our meetings. Parents on our school board, moms and dads on our school board and nobody wants to see them hurt.”

Superintendent Latanya McDade said staff who refused to receive the vaccine had their weekly tests available for free at section facilities and more details would be forthcoming.

Employees must disclose their vaccine status by November 1 and within 30 days of hiring new employees.

“I believe public health and public education are directly linked,” McDade said at the meeting. “We have to follow science, test the data and ask scientific experts. When it comes to the epidemic, scientists are unequivocal in their message: Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves and those around us.

Procedural changes unanimously proven by the board limit citizens’ comment time at board meetings to one hour and 30 speakers to two minutes. If 30 slots are not filled by the start of the meeting, speakers must sign up in advance. Only pre-proven signs are allowed in the meeting room and policy orders that “directly” comment on school policy or operations

Informally, public feedback was not limited at first, but technically this change would increase the response time according to board rules, Latif said. When the change was first proposed, he said it was related to what was at Loudoun County School Board meetings.

By the time the building was cleared on Wednesday night, the remaining tens of thousands had milled at the front entrance of the building.

Prince William student’s grandmother Rebecca Harmon was there with her daughter. She said she was concerned about what students were being taught and that the public should report their concerns directly to the school board.

“If they’re still holding a meeting, it’s not okay,” he said of shutting down public comment and closing the meeting. “These people represent the community. And I’m sure everyone here will not vote for them again.

Another group of teachers also gathered outside the building. Owetta Scott, a 6th grade teacher at Fred Lynn Middle School, said the attacks on the school board and critical race theory were unfounded.

“We teach SOLs, that’s what we teach. The standards of learning. We don’t get distracted. We get the curriculum guide, the passing MS, everything,” Scott said.

“We’re not teaching CRT,” said Riley O’Casey, an 8th grade social studies teacher. “We teach children the truth, critical thinking, problem solving, many sources.”

After the meeting, Latif said he hoped that some of the aggression faced by the board’s last two meetings would diminish.

“I ask the public to understand that we have a serious business to do with the resumption of the school year with personal learning. He said.



Related Articles

The Nets don’t blame James Harden for his struggles over the repression of NBA rules

With Kyrie Irving, the Nets need James Harden to be Superman on a regular basis. And now the NBA's rule changes are...

Graham Gano was very happy to help the Giants boot the Panthers

The game was a grind. The Graham Gano giants took the lead - and held the lead - until their offense finally...

AP Source: Manchin Biden agrees to wealth tax on project

Important A democrat Its. Joe Manchin Seems to be on board with this The White House Proposals for new...

Latest Posts

The Nets don’t blame James Harden for his struggles over the repression of NBA rules

With Kyrie Irving, the Nets need James Harden to be Superman on a regular basis. And now the NBA's rule changes are...

Graham Gano was very happy to help the Giants boot the Panthers

The game was a grind. The Graham Gano giants took the lead - and held the lead - until their offense finally...

AP Source: Manchin Biden agrees to wealth tax on project

Important A democrat Its. Joe Manchin Seems to be on board with this The White House Proposals for new...

The Knicks exit briefly after Michelle Robinson’s ankle twist

The Knicks had a horror scene Sunday night: Michelle Robinson descended on the court in pain. Even worse: after breaking the fifth metatarsal, he...

Jets coach Robert Saleh doesn’t get angry: ‘These are grown men’

LOVEBYLIFEBOROUGH, Mass. - Robert Saleh is proud of being positive. It's hard to do that after the 54-13 shelving the Jets took on Sunday...