• Cameras in Special Ed Classrooms

Background

  • Senate Bill 507, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015:
    • requires a school district or open-enrollment charter holder, upon the request of a parent, trustee, or staff member, to provide equipment, including a video camera, to each school in the district or each charter school campus in which a student who receives special education services in a self-contained classroom or other special education setting is enrolled
    • requires each school or campus that receives equipment to place, operate, and maintain one or more video cameras in each self-contained classroom or other special education setting in which a majority of the students in regular attendance are provided special education and related services and assigned to a self-contained classroom or other special education setting for at least 50 percent of the instructional day
    • requires the video cameras placed in the classroom to cover all areas of the classroom or special education setting, except that the inside of a bathroom or any area in the classroom setting in which a student’s clothes are changed may not be visually monitored
    • requires audio to be recorded from all areas of the classroom or other special education setting
    • requires a school or campus to provide written notice of the camera’s placement to all school of campus staff and to the parents of a student receiving special education services in the classroom or setting
    • requires a school district or open-enrollment charter school to retain video recorded in the special education classroom for at least six months after the date the video was recorded.

    Read more about SB 507.

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