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PACT Charter School

7250 E. Ramsey Pkwy
Ramsey, MN 55303

816_Video Surveillance Policy
Date Created: Committee Approval by: Date Approved: Reviewed:
20061115 ESC and SSC 20070222 2015-16
BRD 20070308

PURPOSE

According to Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005 (U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, 2006), schools continue to implement a variety of tools to improve safety and monitor activities. In keeping with this concept, the PACT School Board wishes to maintain the health, welfare, and safety of students, staff and visitors while on school property as well as the protection of school property are important functions of the school. The School Board recognizes that video/electronic surveillance systems may serve as a deterrent of prohibited activity and assist with monitoring and investigating activity on school property.

 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

 

Placement

  1. School district building and grounds may be equipped with video cameras.
  2. If the buildings and grounds are equipped with video cameras, a conspicuous notice will be posted to notify students, staff and the public that they may be recorded. The notice may read, "Warning: This facility employs video surveillance equipment for security purposes. This equipment may or may not be monitored at any time."
  3. Video surveillance will not be used in bathrooms or locker rooms, although surveillance may occur in hallways in the vicinity of bathrooms or locker rooms. Cameras will not be used in private offices, but may be used in classrooms with notices being posted.

 

Use of Videotape

  1. Video will be viewed only by the appropriate school building administrator (and/or designee). The video will be used by the building administrator to assist in determining whether or not an incident actually occurred, and if so, the severity of the incident. Information obtained from the video that reveals unlawful actions or actions which break school rules or policies may be brought to the attention of law enforcement and appropriate action may be taken.
  2. Neither the parent/guardian of the student that has been video taped nor the student will be allowed to view the tape, in accordance with data privacy laws, unless the student is the only subject on the video tape or the administrator has received written permission from the parent/guardians of all other students on the video in question. Upon written request, the school district will provide a written summary of the taped incident(s) to a student pictured on the tape or the student's parent/guardians.
  3. The administrator (and/or designee) will be responsible for the security of the video equipment and for the handling of the recorded information. Video will be reviewed by the administrator (and/or designee) on an as needed basis and will remain on the DVR until storage is full. It will then automatically replace itself on a first on, first off basis.
  4. A video will be released only in conformance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statute Chapter 13 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232g and the rules and/or regulations define by the school.
  5. The video recording equipment will be stored in a secure location with limited access. It will also be available through password protected Internet access.

 

Source:

Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information: State and Local Education Agencies. (National Forum on Education Statistics, 2004).