New Procedure for Bus Assignment Changes

  • Adoption Date: 5/17/2004, Revised: 11/5/2012; 01/14/2015 
    800 - OPERATIONS

     


    810.3 Transportation - Video/Audio Recording

     

    This Policy provides for the use of video and audio recording equipment on school buses or school vehicles for disciplinary and security purposes.  This Policy  will support efforts to maintain discipline and to ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, contractors and others being transported on District-owned, operated, or contracted school buses or school vehicles.

    School bus means a motor vehicle that is designed to carry eleven (11) passengers or more, including the driver, and is used for the transportation of primary (elementary and kindergarten) or secondary school students to or from public, private or parochial schools or events related to such schools or school-related activities.

    School vehicle means a motor vehicle, except a motorcycle, designed for carrying no more than ten (10) passengers, including the driver, and used for the transportation of primary (elementary or kindergarten) or secondary school students while registered by or under contract to the School District. The term includes vehicles having chartered, group and party rights under the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and used for the transportation of school children.

    The Board authorizes the use of video and audio recording on school buses and school vehicles.

    The Board prohibits the use of audio recording on any school bus or school vehicle that is not being used for a school-related purpose.

    The Board directs the Superintendent or his/her designee to ensure that:

    1.  Each school bus and school vehicle that is equipped with video and audio recording equipment contains a clearly posted notice informing drivers and passengers of the potential for video and audio recording.

    2.  Parents/Guardians and students are annually informed, by letter mailed to the students’ home addresses, of the policy authorizing video and audio recording on school buses and school vehicles.

    The District shall comply with the provisions of federal and state law and regulations regarding student records as applicable to the District’s use and disclosure of the video and audio recordings.  Recordings considered part of a student’s educational record shall be maintained in accordance with established student record procedures governing access, review and disclosure of student educational records.

    The use of video and audio cameras and recordings shall not place a duty on the School District to regularly monitor live camera images and/or video or audio recordings, and it shall not place on the School District any additional duty in regard to providing a safe facility.

    References:

    School Code - 24 P.S. Sec. 510

    Wiretap and Electronic Surveillance Act - 18. Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 5704 (18)

    Vehicle Code - 75 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 102

    Board Policy - 216, 218, 810

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - 20 U.S.C. 1232g

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulations - 34 CFR Part 99

     

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