General Assembly

General Assembly is one of the most important school board events of the year. By voting on legislative and permanent positions, the assembly is where school directors update WSSDA’s advocacy platform. Once all voting is finished, and positions adopted, the platform that results will guide all of WSSDA’s advocacy efforts until the next assembly.

When is the 2022 Assembly?

The virtual assembly’s voting and discussion will occur over two days:

  • September 30, 2022 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 1, 2022 – 9 a.m. until completion of business.

Directors will be able to enter the virtual assembly from 8:30 a.m. to ensure their technology is ready to go for the 9 a.m. kick-off.

Hour-by-Hour Schedule

While subject to change, this schedule is an approximation of how we expect the assembly to proceed.

Registration?

There is no registration because the assembly is FREE and ALL school directors are encouraged to attend!

How to Participate

On the days of the assembly, all school directors simply need to click the blue button at the top of this page which says “Enter the General Assembly.”

Voting Delegates

  • Enter your board’s ID and unique password as given to you by WSSDA, then click “Log in.” Board chairs should’ve received an email with instructions on how to pick up the voting login. If they didn’t receive it or need it again, please contact assembly@wssda.org.
  • Here are detailed instructions for voting delegates with pictures.

Audience Members

  • Enter your name and email address, then click “Log in”

Prepare your Technology

Basic steps:

  1. Update your laptop or desktop to the latest version of Chrome
  2. Update Zoom on your computer to the latest version
  3. Don’t use a mobile device like a phone or tablet

Detailed steps:

  • These step-by-step instructions explain the technical requirements and what to click on while using the virtual event platform.

How to Use the Virtual Platform

This brief video will show how to use the platform to watch and participate in the assembly.

Who Should Come?

All school directors are strongly encouraged to participate. District staff and student board representatives are also welcome, but only school directors may address the assembly and vote per WSSDA policy 1290 and procedure 1290P.

One Board, One Vote

Each school board in the state can appoint one of its members to cast a vote on behalf of their school board. While some boards may select their “leg rep” or board chair, the ability to vote can go to anyone on a board and even transfer to another board member during the event to ensure that board’s ability to continue participating in the assembly. So, while the entire board may participate, only one member may cast a vote on any given proposal.

Timeline

  • Aug. 1
    Handbook Released
  • August 15-19
    Amendment Window
  • Sept. 1
    Handbook Updated with Proposed Amendments
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1
    General Assembly
  • Oct. 4 – 12
    Position Prioritization Process