3515 BP – Campus Security

3515 BP – Campus Security
Business Operations (3000)
Board Policy No. 3515
Policy approved: Jan 20, 2022

Campus Security – Video Surveillance
The Governing Board 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 Safety and Emergency Plans. Such procedures shall be regularly reviewed to reflect changed circumstances and to assess their effectiveness in achieving safe school objectives.

Surveillance Systems
The Board believes that reasonable use of surveillance cameras will help the District achieve its goals for campus security and authorizes the use of video surveillance for that purpose. In consultation with relevant staff, the Superintendent or designee shall identify 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. 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 or may not be actively monitored by school personnel. The Superintendent or designee shall also provide prior written notice annually 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.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
(cf. 5125.1 - Release of Directory Information)


Video images obtained by the District shall be viewed by authorized District personnel as necessary. The District may use the images obtained by the video surveillance cameras in connection with the enforcement of Board policy, administrative regulations, building rules and other applicable law for purposes including but not limited to student and staff disciplinary proceedings and matters referred to law enforcement agencies.

Legal Reference:
EDUCATION CODE
32020 Access gates
32211 Threatened disruption or interference with classes
32280-32288 School safety plans
35160 Authority of governing boards
35160.1 Broad authority of school districts
38000-38005 Security patrols
49050-49051 Searches by school employees
49060-49079 Student records

PENAL CODE
469 Unauthorized making, duplicating or possession of key to public building
626-626.10 Disruption of schools

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
Article 1, Section 28(c) Right to Safe Schools

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

COURT DECISIONS
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)

Management Resources:
CSBA PUBLICATIONS
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

WEB SITES
CSBA: http://www.csba.org
California Department of Education, Safe Schools Office: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss
National Institute of Justice: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij
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