video surveillanceComing soon to a classroom near you! The Commissioner’s Rules on video surveillance of certain special education settings have been released.  What does this mean for you?  According to the Rules, public school districts, including charter schools, must provide video and audio surveillance in self-contained classrooms or other special education settings upon request by a parent, trustee or staff member.  The rules were adopted to promote student safety in response to legislation passed during the last legislative session thanks to the hard work of many parents and parent advocates.  The rule is effective with the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  This means schools must provide one or more video cameras to provide surveillance that reaches all areas of the classroom, with the exception of bathroom, toileting or changing areas.  The video cameras must be in operation at all times during the instructional day when students are in the classroom.  The schools must also provide the necessary equipment to place, operate and maintain the video camera and store video footage for at least 6 months.  School districts must establish policies and procedures for parents to request and review the video surveillance if there is a suspected incident of abuse or neglect of their child by a school employee or another student.    This is a step in the right direction to protect the safety and security of our students in special education settings!
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