PTA Meeting - Video Monitoring in Schools
Langston Hughes Middle School is informing and seeking any input from the community on the topic of implementing interior and exterior video monitoring when the renovation is complete in the fall of 2021. Video surveillance cameras in today’s society are considered a fundamental component of any safety and security program.
FCPS Regulation 8614.6 states that schools may mount and monitor cameras in areas that do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy to protect the safety and security of students, employees, and authorized visitors on school system grounds and in school system facilities. These areas include, but are not limited to, parking lots, perimeters, entrance and exit doors, cafeterias and other specific interior areas identified by the principal that warrant monitoring. Ongoing video monitoring may not be used in classrooms and areas that have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms and locker rooms. Video cameras also may be used to monitor loading docks, food storage areas, interior rooms and closets used for storage of valuable assets.
All Fairfax County High Schools have video monitoring. The benefits of video cameras include:
1. They serve as a deterrent to outsiders who do not belong on campus.
2. They provide post incident review: the strong information preserved on recorded media can be valuable to school administrators and help reduce recurrences of events, reduce the time school investigations can take and exonerate persons from mistaken allegations.
3. Using video cameras in public areas can free up personnel resources and reduce costs associated with theft and vandalism to property.
4. Solid video documentation is valuable in situations involving liability claims.
Principal Aimee Monticchio will conduct a community meeting on the topic of the installation of interior and exterior cameras in our newly renovated school on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. in the Langston Hughes cafeteria, followed by our PTA Meeting. Parents and community members are also invited to email their input, questions or concerns to her at @email. We thank you for your support and look forward to enjoying a safe and secure 21st Century school when the renovation is complete.