702.07 – Use of Video Cameras on School Buses Regulations
The Board supports the use of video cameras on school buses as a means to monitor and maintain a safe environment for students and employees. The video cameras may be used on buses used for transportation to and from school, field trips, curricular events, and extracurricular events. The contents of the videotapes may be used as evidence in a student disciplinary proceeding.
The content of the videotapes is a student record subject to Board policy and administrative regulations regarding confidential student records. Only those persons with a legitimate educational purpose may view the videotapes. In most instances, those individuals with a legitimate educational purpose may be the superintendent, building principal, transportation director, bus driver, and special education staffing team. A videotape recorded during a school-sponsored trip, such as an athletic event, may also be accessible to the sponsor or coach of the activity. If the content of the videotape becomes the subject of a student disciplinary proceeding, it will be treated like other evidence in the proceeding.
The school district will annually provide the following notice to students and parents:
The Colfax-Mingo Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The content of the videotapes is confidential student records and will be retained with other student records. Videotapes will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration. Parents may request to view videotapes of their child if the videotapes are used in a disciplinary proceeding involving their child.
The following notice will also be placed on all school buses equipped with a video camera:
“This bus is equipped with a video/audio monitoring system.”
Review of Videotapes
The school district will review videotapes when necessary as a result of an incident reported by a bus driver or student.
Viewing of videotapes is limited to individuals having a legitimate educational purpose. A written log will be kept of those individuals viewing the videotapes stating the time, name of individual viewing, and the date the videotape was viewed.
Video Monitoring System
Video cameras will be rotated randomly on school district buses. Determination of how video cameras will be used and which school buses will be equipped with video equipment will be made by the superintendent in consultation with the building principals and transportation director.
Students are prohibited from tampering with the video cameras on the school buses. Students found in violation of this regulation will be disciplined in accordance with the school district discipline policy and Good Conduct Rule and will reimburse the school district for any repairs or replacement necessary as a result of the tampering.
Date of Adoption: January 18, 2010
Reviewed & Revised: November 21, 2016