The Lexington Public Schools (LPS) strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for its students, staff, visitors, and facilities.
In pursuit of this objective, the Lexington School Committee (LSC) authorizes the use of electronic surveillance cameras in school district buildings and on its property to ensure the health, welfare and safety of all students, staff and visitors, to deter theft, vandalism and other negative behavior, to safeguard district buildings, grounds and equipment and to monitor unauthorized individuals in or on school property. Security cameras may be used in locations deemed appropriate by the Superintendent of Schools in consultation with school officials and local law enforcement agencies. They may be used in any area, inside or outside of school buildings where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.
LPS shall notify students and staff through student and employee handbooks and appropriate signage that security cameras have been installed and may be used at any time.
Students or staff identified on security cameras who are in violation of LSC policies will be subject to disciplinary action Violations of the law will be referred to law enforcement agencies and the recorded video evidence will be provided to law enforcement agencies.
The LSC will be notified by the Superintendent prior to the installation of security cameras in LPS buildings and on its property.
LPS shall ensure that proper procedures are followed regarding use, viewing, disclosure, retention, disposal and security of video recordings or photographs from security cameras in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. A video recording used for security purposes in school district buildings and/or on school property shall be the sole property of the LPS. All video recordings will be stored in their original format and secured to avoid tampering and to ensure confidentiality in accordance with
applicable laws and regulations.
Access to video recordings from security camera shall be limited to school administrators (Superintendent/designee, School Principal/designee). Law enforcement officials shall be granted access to video recordings after giving prior notice to the School Superintendent/designee.
The Superintendent may, from time to time, issue further guidance and procedures that are consistent with then current laws and this policy.
Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015