80 F
Spring Hill
Thursday, July 11, 2024
HomeLocal & StateBill would allow cameras to record 'incidents' in classrooms

Bill would allow cameras to record ‘incidents’ in classrooms

- Advertisement -

Video cameras could be installed in public school classrooms across the state including Hernando County if a measure slated to come before lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session becomes law. The measure would allow schools to use video and audio recordings to document “incidents” of student abuse or neglect by teachers or other students as they take place.

Filed on Dec. 28 by State Rep. Bob Rommel (R-Naples), HB 1055 would allow school districts to adopt policies for the installation of video cameras at the front of classrooms in public schools within the district, and to require teachers working in those classrooms to wear microphones.

School districts that do adopt the policies must notify in writing parents and students that cameras have been installed in their assigned classrooms.

Finally, parents of students involved in recorded classroom incidents have seven days to review the video. At the same time, the faces of students present, but not involved in the incident, must be blurred.

- Advertisement -

Principals must keep the videos for three months or until investigations or litigation connected to the recordings are completed. After that, the recordings will be destroyed.

School boards have until Jan. 1, 2023, to vote on whether or not they want to install and maintain cameras in district classrooms.

Spokesperson Karen Jordan said that the Hernando County School District will monitor the measure’s progress.

“Each year, the school board and superintendent closely monitor all proposed legislation that may impact our work, should it become law,” Jordan said. “We are aware of the current proposal and will be following (it) as it moves through the session.”

If passed, HB 1055 would become law on July 1, 2022.

RELATED ARTICLES
- Advertisment -

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.
We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing.

Most Popular