Video surveillance changes coming to Worth County schools
Who has access to see surveillance video shot in Worth County schools and buses is undergoing some changes.
In a post made to Worth County School District website Friday morning, Superintendent Bill Settle said the following:
Effective immediately, Worth County Schools will only allow access to video surveillance evidence to school principals and district-level administrators to resolve discipline issues or other behavior issues occurring in our school and on our school buses.
All students are protected under FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), protecting their identity, student records, etc. from people other than their parents. The practice of allowing parents and others access to video surveillance jeopardizes each students’ FERPA rights, thus making this change in practice necessary to safeguard all students’ federal protections under FERPA.
FOX 31 has reached out to the Superintendent for clarification on the policy and what it means for students, parents and law enforcement.