Video Cameras

Aransas Pass ISD now has video cameras on all buses. Pursuant to Texas Education Code26.009(b), schools can videotape students without parent permission for purposes of maintaining order and discipline. However, under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the parent may only view the video if that child is the only student in the video. If the video reveals other students then that video cannot be viewed by any parent. The Texas Attorney General has addressed this issue and determined that videotapes made on school buses, on which the driver addresses some students by name and which “show the faces, bodies, and behavior of students of the district” are education records under FERPA and are exempted from disclosure. Texas Attorney General OR 95-821 (1975).

Students should be aware that their actions and communication will be recorded.

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