Video Cameras in the Classroom

"Thinker's Guide" - Pro Active Planning

Video Cameras In The Classroom - Presented by DISD Special Education Dept.

Texas Education Code 29.022 (6/19/15)

 

(a) In order to promote student safety on request by a parent, trustee, or staff member, a school district or open-enrollment charter school shall provide equipment, including a video camera, to each school in the district or each charter school campus in which a student who receives special education services in a self-contained classroom or other special education setting is enrolled...

 

Commissioner's Rules:  19TAC 103.1301

  • Commissioner has designated this a health and safety rule, and not a special education rule.
  • Effective 8/15/16
  • Applies only to classes within the school district.

 

 Triggering Event

 

A request by either a parent, trustee, or staff member

 

Parent whose child receives special education and related services for at least 50% of the instructional day in the self-contained classroom or other special education setting.

 

Staff member means a teacher, related service provider, paraprofessional, or educational aide assigned to work in the self-contained classroom or other special education setting.  Also includes the principal or an assistant principal of the campus at which the self-contained classroom or other special education setting is located. 

 

Requesting Video Surveillance

 

A parent, trustee, or staff member shall initiate the process for requesting video surveillance by completing and filing a written request form provided by the Duncanville ISD with the Director of Special Education. Within five (5) school days of receiving a written request for video surveillance, the Director of Special Education will review the written request and share the request with the Assistant Superintendent of C&I who will inform the Senior Leadership Team. A request form that is incomplete in any material aspect and/or has been filed by an individual other than a parent, trustee, or staff member may be dismissed.  Within 10 days from receipt of the written request, the Director of Special Education will provide a written response to the requestor, with a copy sent to the campus principal, stating if the request for surveillance was granted.   Upon granting the request, the Director of Special Education will contact the Chief Technology Officer, who will coordinate with other departments as necessary to develop a timeline for procuring and installing the necessary equipment.  No later than twenty (20) school days after the initial receipt of the written request, the Chief Technology Officer will convey the timeline information to the Director of Special Education who will communicate the estimated timeline for installing the video surveillance system in writing to the Requestor.

Signage and Notification

 

Written notice shall be provided to all necessary staff members and to the parents of any student receiving special education services in a classroom or setting subject to surveillance not later than ten (10) school days prior to the initial installation of video surveillance.

 

Staff members assigned to a classroom or setting subject to surveillance shall receive written notice that video and audio surveillance will be conducted in the classroom or setting to which they are assigned prior to the first day of the assignment.

 

Parents of students assigned to a classroom or setting subject to surveillance shall receive written notice  that video and audio surveillance will be conducted in the classroom or setting prior to the first day of the assignment.  Written notice will be sent certified mail to the last known address documented in Skyward. 

 

Each campus will post a notice in both English and Spanish at the entry of the self-contained classroom or special education setting in which video cameras are operated stating, “Surveillance Cameras in Use.

 

Procedures for Making an Incident Report

 

A person may notify the district of an alleged incident occurring in a self-contained classroom or other special education setting where surveillance is in effect by completing an Incident Report Form and providing it to the campus principal.  The Incident Report Form may be obtained from the Special Education Department.  The person completing the Incident Report Form should be as specific as possible regarding the date, time, and location of the suspected incident, should include any witnesses, and should describe the suspected incident as clearly as possible.  The Incident Report should be provided to the campus principal no later than 48 hours after the reporter becomes aware of the suspected incident.

Procedures for Responding to an Incident Report

 

Within 48 hours from receipt of the Incident Report Form, the campus principal will provide written confirmation of receipt of the Incident Report to the person making the report.  The district will determine whether any additional safety measures should be taken in the classroom or setting pending a review of the relevant video/audio recording. 

 

Level 1:  Within 10 school days from receipt of the Incident Report, the campus administrator trained in de-escalation and restraint techniques will review the footage recorded on the date (s) set forth on the Incident Report form to determine if any incident was recorded.  Within 10 school days from receipt of the Incident Report, the administrator will provide a written response to a parent who submitted and Incident Report form stating whether the review substantiated an incident or identified a significant event involving the parent’s child.  The campus administrator is the first level reviewer. 

 

Level 2:  If review from the campus administrator has not resolved the concern of the requestor, the second level reviewer will be the Chief of Schools

 

Level 3:  The final reviewer, if necessary, will be the Director of Special Education with conjunction of Human Resources as appropriate. 

Other Details:

 

1)  Cameras must cover all areas of the classroom with audio and video.  If there is a connecting bathroom or changing room, audio must set-up for those areas only. 

2)  There are no requirements to obtain parental consent.  No exceptions are made for classrooms where one or more parents object to use of a camera. 

3)  Once requested, cameras will run until the end of the school year OR until setting no longer continues to satisfy the requirements.  Requests must be renewed each school year.

4)  All recordings must be maintained for at least six months. 

5)  Cannot allow regular or continual monitoring of the video feed.

6)  Recordings may not be used to evaluate a teacher's performance

7)  These requirements apply to video surveillance during the regular school year AND during extended school year services.