Video Surveillance and Electronic Monitoring Policy

Video Surveillance and Electronic Monitoring Policy

*Adopted on 12/ 10/ 2016
Revised on 12/7/19
In order to protect School property, promote security and protect the health, welfare and safety of
students, staff and visitors, the Board of Directors authorizes the use of video surveillance and electronic
monitoring equipment on School property, and in School buildings and School buses. Information
obtained through video surveillance/electronic monitoring may be used to identify intruders and persons
breaking the law, Board policy, or the Student Code of Conduct (i.e., it may be used as evidence in
disciplinary actions and criminal proceedings).
The monitoring of actions and behavior of individuals who come onto School property is a significant
factor in maintaining order and discipline and protecting students, staff, visitors, and School and student
property. Video surveillance/electronic monitoring systems serve to complement other means being
employed in the School to promote and foster a safe and secure teaching and learning environment for
students and staff. The Board recognizes that the use of a video surveillance/electronic monitoring
system does not replace the need for the ongoing vigilance of the School staff assigned by the building
principal to monitor and supervise the School building. Rather, the video surveillance/electronic

monitoring system serves as an appropriate and useful tool with which to augment or support the in-
person supervision provided by staff. The building principal is responsible for verifying that due diligence

is observed in maintaining general School security.
Video surveillance for security purposes will be conducted in a professional, ethical, and legal manner.
Monitoring individuals based on characteristics or race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other
protected classification is prohibited. Video surveillance use will be limited to situations that do not violate
the reasonable expectation of privacy as defined by law. Security staff and administrators are authorized
to carry and use portable video cameras.
Any person who takes action to block, move, or alter the location and/or viewing angle of a video camera
shall be subject to disciplinary action.
The School will display legible and visible signs to notify people that their actions/behavior are being
monitored/recorded.
Any information obtained from video surveillance/electronic monitoring systems may only be used to
support the orderly operation of the School, and for law enforcement purposes, and not for any other
purposes.
Recordings of students will be treated as confidential. Consequently, because the Board is bound by
state law and FERPA, copies of video recordings containing personal identifiable information about
students shall not be released except to School officials with legitimate educational interests. Otherwise,
such confidential recordings shall only be released through subpoena or court order.
The School will maintain video surveillance/electronic monitoring recordings period until superseded,
unless they are a part of a student’s educational record.
This policy does not address or cover instances where School officials record a specific event (e.g., a
play, music performance, athletic contest, graduation, or board meeting), or an isolated instance where a
classroom is videotaped for educational or research purposes. Authorized videotaping for educational,
instructional and/or research purposes is permitted and is not addressed by this policy.
Video surveillance is to be implemented in accordance with this policy and any related guidelines. The
Board will not accept or tolerate the improper use of video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment
and will take appropriate action in any cases of wrongful use of this policy.