Video Surveillance Rules For School Districts

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Jul 09, 2013

As surveillance camera use by local governments has increased, so has the public's curiosity regarding how they are regulated. In response, local government's are creating surveillance guidelines to govern how their systems are used. We found a good attempt by a school district in Washington state to establish use and privacy guidelines for surveillance in an educational setting. 

Last week, Everett Public Schools approved a set of privacy rules governing surveillance among its 30 schools. The rules outline procedures for:

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Comments (4)

What about place camera inside classroom? The rules does not mention specically that important place. I heart some discutions about privacy inside classroom, teatcher and student point-of-view.

Fabio, the rules don't say anything prohibiting cameras in classrooms so it seems it could be possible. However, it seems they seem to plan to stick to common areas: hallways, courtyards, parking lots, and pick-up/drop-off areas.

The school my daughter attends, built this past year in Houston, TX, has every single classroom surrounded by glass walls and they do have surveillance cameras in the hallways.

From what I understand, teacher unions for the most part tend to strike down cameras in the classrooms.

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