ECAF: Security Cameras in Schools

The Committee works to maintain a safe and secure environment for its students, staff, visitors, and facilities.  Security means more than having locks and making certain that doors are locked at the proper times. Security also means minimizing fire hazards, reducing the possibility of faulty equipment, keeping records and valuables in a safe place, protection against vandalism and burglary, the prosecution of vandals, and developing crisis plans.

School facilities and their contents constitute one of the greatest investments of the community. The Committee believes it to be in the best interest of students and taxpayers for the district to exert every reasonable means to protect the investment adequately.

In pursuit of this objective, the Committee authorizes the use of security cameras in district buildings and on its property to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of all students, staff and visitors; to deter theft, vandalism and other negative behaviors; to safeguard district buildings, grounds, and equipment; and to monitor unauthorized individuals in or on school property. Security cameras may be used in locations deemed appropriate by the Superintendent in consultation with school officials as well as local law enforcement and emergency response agencies. They may be used in any area, inside or outside of school buildings, where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.

The district will notify students and staff through student and employee handbooks and appropriate signage that security cameras have been installed and may be used at any time. Students or staff identified on security cameras in violation of Committee policies will be subject to disciplinary action.

The Superintendent will ensure that proper procedures are in place and are followed regarding use, viewing, disclosure, retention, disposal, and security of video recordings or photographs from security cameras in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. A video recording used for security purposes in district buildings and/or on school property will be the sole property of the district. All video recordings will be stored in their original format and secured to avoid tampering and to ensure confidentiality in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.  Access to video recordings from security cameras will be limited to the Superintendent/designee, and principal/designee. Law enforcement and emergency response officials will be granted access to video recordings or the security system after giving prior notice to the Superintendent/designee.

The Superintendent may, from time to time, issue further guidance that is consistent with current laws and this policy.

Informational review: 10/13/15
MSC First Vote: 10/27/15
MSC Second Vote: 11/10/15