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January 7, 2020

School board will begin livestreaming its meetings

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The school board will resume providing videos of its meetings Feb. 10.
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After a hiatus of almost two years, Fauquier’s school board next month will resume providing public videos of its meetings.

And, for the first time, the board will “livestream” its meetings online in addition to archiving those videos.

The board stopped providing archived public videos of its meetings in July 2017 after a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. Advocates filed complaints against school systems across the nation that failed to make websites accessible to those with disabilities.

The federal agency in June 2016 reached settlements with 11 school systems across the nation, setting the standard for website compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Fauquier’s school system couldn’t comply until it found a cost-effective solution for closed captioning of the videos — live and archived.

Most captioning services would have cost about $20,000 a year, schools Technology Director Louis McDonald told the board Monday night.

But, Colorado-based MyVRSpot will provide a range of video services — including captioning — for $1,995 a year. At that level, the system will provide an average of 10 hours of live video a week and will allow 150 concurrent users.

Viewers will have access to the videos in real time and archived on the school system website.

In March 2013, the school system began posting meeting videos on YouTube after pulling the plug on its use of Channel 18 on Comcast cable TV. That practice continued through June 2017, when public access to school board meetings ceased.

The board, however, continued to record video of all its meetings for internal archival purposes.

Fauquier’s board of supervisors in early 2014 began providing live and archived online video of its meetings and work sessions. The Warrenton Town Council followed suit in November 2017.

The school board in June will evaluate its system after four months of use.

Contact Editor “Lou” Emerson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-1845.

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