The Board of Education recognizes the district's responsibility to maintain order, discipline, safety. And security on school property and in school vehicles. The Board also desires to afford students and staff privacy in respect to records maintained by the district. The Board recognizes the value of electronic surveillance systems in monitoring activity on school property and in school vehicles in furtherance of protecting the health, welfare and safety of its students and staff. The students and staff of the district recognize that their security and safety depends upon the capacity of the district to maintain discipline, control building access, and that a certain amount of restraint upon the activities of students and building visitors is assumed and expected.
The Board of Education having carefully weighed and balanced the rights of privacy of students and staff with the district's duty to maintain order, discipline, safety and security finds that it is appropriate to provide for the use of video camera surveillance in its transportation vehicles and on school grounds as follows:
- The district shall notify its students and staff that video surveillance may/will occur on any school property or on any transportation vehicle. The district shall incorporate said notice in the student handbook;
- The use of video surveillance equipment on transportation vehicles shall be supervised by the district transportation supervisor. The use of the video surveillance equipment on school grounds and on other district property shall be supervised and controlled by the building administrator or other responsible administrator;
- The use of video recordings from surveillance equipment shall be subject to the other policies of the district including policies concerning the confidentiality of student and personnel records;
- Video surveillance shall only be used to promote the order, safety and security of students, staff and property.
Legal Reference: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-221 Boards of Education to prescribe rules
Title I – Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Act. (PL 105-17)
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Litchfield Board of Education
Policy adopted: 12/14/2011
Policy Revised: 5/14/2020
Policy Reviewed: 9/11/2013
Also see Policy # 4118.23/4218.23