5.A.90 Surveillance in Schools

Safe Schools 



Administrative Procedure: Surveillance in Schools



November 9, 2005















August, 2017

Policy Reference



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The primary functioning of electronic monitoring is to maintain the safety, security and integrity of Border Land School Division (BLSD) students, employees, volunteers, visitors and property.  In fulfilling this function, passive, plain view surveillance maybe used to provide for a feeling of security and discourage activities that may be criminal in nature or against the procedures and rules of the division or individual schools.


Surveillance Cameras

  1. The installation and implementation of video surveillance in schools requires the authorization of the Superintendent.
  2. Designated camera locations will be selected to minimize the intrusion into the privacy of individuals who may be viewed by the cameras.  Video surveillance will not be used in locations where confidential or private activities and/or functions routinely occur.
  3. In accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), public notification signs, clearly written and prominently displaced, must be placed in all entrance areas of schools where cameras located.
  4. Cameras in BLSD will passively monitor activity in and around schools and be used to control access to the school and to enhance visitor identification.
  5. All school busses may be equipped with video/audio surveillance cameras.
    1. School bus drivers are advised when surveillance equipment is installed in their bus.
  6. Video surveillance equipment will be installed only by a designated employee or agent of the Division.
  7. In most circumstances video surveillance recordings will be kept for four weeks before being recycled.   However, depending on the camera location and the activity level in that location, video surveillance recordings may be recycled in two weeks or less.  These parameters are in place unless:
    1. A request is made by the Principal, Superintendent for documentation purposes related to a specific incident.
    2. Video surveillance may be kept longer should a legal matter arise where the Division is required to keep the footage.
  8. School bus drivers, with their supervisors, or principals may view a specific recording.
  9. Parents will only be allowed to view the recordings under exceptional circumstances, in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).