6608 Video Cameras on School Buses

  • The board authorizes the use of video cameras on district operated school buses for the purpose of reducing discipline problems, thus providing a safer environment for the transportation of students.  The reason for recording the transportation environment is to provide school officials, drivers and parents/guardians/custodians with documentation when dealing with inappropriate student behavior.  Disciplinary action will be in accordance with policies and procedures on Student Responsibilities and Rights.

    The superintendent shall prepare procedures for use of the video equipment on buses, the authorized review process for video tapes and the proper disposal of tapes.

    ADOPTED: 04/23/1998

    Procedure No. 6608P Video Cameras on School Buses

    Placement of Cameras

    1. Cameras will be authorized for use in buses by the supervisor of transportation. The bus driver will be notified of the placement in their bus.
    2. Drivers may request that a camera be placed in their buses. The supervisor of transportation will discuss the reason for the request with the driver and will decide if and when a camera will be placed in the bus by special request.
    3. Building principals may request the supervisor of transportation to authorize placement of a video camera in a bus when they have reason to believe that a problem exist.
    4. All buses where cameras may be utilized will have signs notifying riders that video cameras may be in use. 

    Use of the Recorded Tapes

    1. If the driver wishes to view the tape, a time will be set for this purpose.
    2. The transportation supervisor may view the tape with or without the driver.
    3. If a serious or flagrant violation of student bus rules is observed or if there is a continued violation despite intervention, standard disciplinary action may be taken. Lesser violations will be brought to the attention of the student and proper conduct will be explained.
    4. Any time a tape is to be used to support a disciplinary action, the tape will be dated, labeled and kept on file at the transportation department office for a as long as deemed necessary.
    5. Tapes not used to support disciplinary action will be reused.
    6. When a tape is used to support disciplinary action the student or the student’s parent/guardian/custodian may request to view the video. A viewing will be arranged at the student’s school or the transportation department office.
    7. A building principal or designee may request viewing of films through the transportation supervisor.
    8. The supervisor of transportation may use videos to assist drivers with student behavior management skills.

    ADOPTED: 04/23/1998
    REVISED: 09/27/12

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