BROADCAST OF BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
Pursuant to Connecticut statutes, any meeting of the Board of Education (BOE) that is open to the public may be recorded, photographed, broadcast or recorded for broadcast subject to the following guidelines:
- Repositioning of equipment shall be done only during breaks in proceedings. BOE recording equipment shall be operated only by the designated operator.
- Video and audio recordings shall not serve as a substitute for recorded minutes.
- Persons, including members of the public, operating cameras, broadcasting and recording devices, must do so as unobtrusively as possible and without disturbing the meeting, and must use available light. Additionally, they may not obstruct the view between the Board members and the audience or obstruct the camera. Also, they may not conduct interviews or give commentary during the meeting.
- Any recordings of BOE meetings made by or on behalf of the Board of Education shall be made available to the public under the FOIA. The Board shall give notice of such recording through publication on the agenda or by announcement by the Board chair.
- Recordings of meetings by the BOE shall not be edited and shall be gavel to gavel coverage, but under no circumstance shall any executive session portions of meetings be recorded for public viewing.
- The designated operator of the BOE's equipment shall be responsible for the safeguarding of the recording until such time as it is transferred to the custodian of the record. The custodian of the record shall be the superintendent of schools, Cablevision or their designee.
- No recording of the BOE meetings, made by or on behalf of the BOE, shall be intentionally withheld or delayed from public broadcast or public access.
- Recordings made by the BOE shall be retained for a period of no less than one year.
Legal Reference: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-226 Recording, broadcasting, or photographing meetings
Litchfield Board of Education
Policy Adopted: September 5, 2012