Novato USD | BP 3515 Business and Noninstructional Operations
The Board of Education is committed to providing a school environment that promotes the safety of students, employees, and visitors to school grounds. The Board also recognizes the importance of protecting district property, facilities, and equipment from vandalism and theft.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop campus security procedures which are consistent with the goals and objectives of the district's comprehensive safety plan and site-level safety plans. Such procedures shall be regularly reviewed to reflect changed circumstances and to assess their effectiveness in achieving safe school objectives.
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
The Board believes that reasonable use of surveillance cameras will help the district achieve its goals for campus security. In consultation with industry experts and relevant staff, the Superintendent or designee has identified appropriate locations for the placement of surveillance cameras. Cameras shall not be placed in areas where students, staff, or community members have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Cameras will be used to monitor buildings, exterior campus areas, including but not limited to; parking lots, perimeters, walkways, entrance and exit doors, interior hallways, large open interior spaces, picnic areas, foyers, lobbies, gymnasiums, athletic fields, and stadiums. No video cameras will be installed in classrooms or offices without the prior authorization of the Superintendent. Any audio capability on the district's surveillance equipment shall be disabled so that sounds are not recorded.
(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)
(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)
Prior to the operation of the surveillance system, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that signs are posted at conspicuous locations at affected school buildings and grounds. These signs shall inform students, staff, and visitors that surveillance may occur and shall state whether the district's system is actively monitored by school personnel. The Superintendent or designee shall also provide prior written notice to students and parents/guardians about the district's surveillance system, including the locations where surveillance may occur, explaining that the recordings may be used in disciplinary proceedings, and that matters captured by the camera may be referred to local law enforcement, as appropriate.
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
To the extent that any images from the district's surveillance system create a student or personnel record, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the images are accessed, retained, and disclosed in accordance with law, Board policy, administrative regulation, and
any applicable collective bargaining agreements. Images will be retained for no longer than fourteen (14) days.
Video recordings may be shared with outside law enforcement authorities, as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or her designee. Video recordings and images of students captured on security video recording devices that are maintained by Novato Unified School District are considered education records under FERPA. Accordingly, these video images may be shared with parents or students whose images are on the video and with outside law enforcement authorities, as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent or her designee.
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
(cf. 5125.1 - Release of Directory Information)
32020 Access gates
32211 Threatened disruption or interference with classes
35160 Authority of governing boards
35160.1 Broad authority of school districts
469 Unauthorized making, duplicating or possession of key to public building
Article 1, Section 28(c) Right to Safe Schools
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985) 469 U.S. 325
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
83 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 257 (2000)
75 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 155 (1992)
Protecting Our Schools: Governing Board Strategies to Combat School Violence, 1999
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Safe Schools: A Planning Guide for Action, 2002
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE PUBLICATIONS
The Appropriate and Effective Use of Security Technologies in U.S. Schools: A Guide for Schools and Law Enforcement Agencies, 1999
California Department of Education, Safe Schools Office: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss
National Institute of Justice: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij
Policy NOVATO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: June 19, 2012 Novato, California