UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (DRONES)
Included in these regulations are the following guidelines:
- Operator must not operate UAV within 5 miles of any airport without prior notification and confirmation from airport authorities.
- Operator must not operate UAV above an altitude of 400 feet above ground level.
- Operator must maintain safe control and line of sight with UAV during all stages of operation.
- Operator must maintain a safe operating distance from crowds.
- Data collected by UAV can only be used for hobby (educational) purposes and may not be sold for profit.
- Operator may not operate UAV over any property without first obtaining a signed consent form by personnel with authority from the property owner or legal representative.
- Operator assumes all risk to damage to property and bodily injury that may occur due to unsafe operation of a District owned UAV.
- Not operate over people who are not directly involved in the operation (with some exception for micro drones).
- Operate only during daylight and with weather that allows 3 miles visibility from the control station.
- Be inspected by the operator prior to flight.
- Be operated by someone who has passed a test and been vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.
- Operator must be at least 17 years of age.
Inappropriate uses of a UAV include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The use of unmanned aerial systems, often referred to as drones, is prohibited for any purpose by any person(s) at all CIAC-sanctioned events. This policy includes not only the restricted playing area of the venue(s), but also the physical confines of the entire stadium / field / arena structure. For the purpose of this policy, an unmanned aerial system is any aircraft without a human pilot on board.
- Violating any local, state or federal statutes or regulations, including FAA Advisory Circular 91-57A, and FAA registration requirements.
- Taking pictures of property or persons without consent.
- Violating safe operating protocols as defined in the UAV user manual and classroom guidelines.
- Failing to follow a District policy while using the District's UAV technology or failing to follow any other policies or guidelines established by District administrators or their designees.
- Harassing, defined as persistently interfering with another's work, insulting, or attacking others.
District staff shall monitor for inappropriate use of District UAV technology as defined by this policy. Violators may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion and/or termination for employees.
Litchfield Public Schools
Regulation written: 4/5/2017