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Policies » Section E: Support Services » EEAB: Video And Audio Recording For Instructional Purposes

Policy Date: 04/20/2021

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See also EEAA, ECAF

Hooksett School Board is committed to the use of technology to enhance the education of its students. The Board acknowledges that video, digital video and audio recording (“recording”) in the classroom may be useful for instructional purposes. In addition, there are times when live streaming, or internet access to digital video and audio recording are appropriate. For example, these technologies may be useful tools to provide access to students for remote learning, home-bound or hospital-bound students, or to permit a student to recover classroom instruction lost during an extended absence.

The decision whether or not to conduct video, digital video or audio recording for educational purposes shall be made by the Superintendent of Schools and/or his/her designee. All such recordings shall be deemed the copy written property of Hooksett School District and shall not be reproduced without Hooksett School District’s express permission. Recordings shall not be sold.

Recording in the classroom for other than educational purposes is prohibited. Recordings made for instructional use are intended to provide information for pedagogical and scholarly study, and do not constitute educational records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Principal may authorize others to view an existing recording on a case-by-case and as-needed basis.

Student recording as an accommodation in their Individualized Education Plan or Section 504 Plan shall not be deemed a school recording unless the recording is conducted by the school on behalf of the student. All recordings made as an accommodation, or for instructional recovery or academic study shall be erased at the end of the semester or when they are no longer needed, whichever is the later event.

No recording shall take place in a classroom without first securing the written consent of a student’s parent or guardian. This policy shall be reproduced in the student handbook, and the parent’s/guardian’s written receipt of the handbook shall be deemed written consent to Hooksett School District’s use of video and audio classroom recording for instructional purpose unless the parent opts out of granting permission. The building principal shall be responsible for garnering the parent’s written consent and placing the same on file before recording may take place in the classroom. Hooksett School District reserves the right to reassign students to classes in accordance with their recording preferences.

This policy does not apply to the recording by Hooksett School District of events such as public concerts, graduation ceremonies, athletic events, and the like; all of which are not considered classroom recording. This policy has been adopted after a public hearing conducted by the Hooksett School Board.

Legal References:
RSA 189:68 (IV), 20 USC 1232g, 34 CFR Part 99 (FERPA)

1st Reading: November 3, 2015
Public Hearing: November 3, 2015
2nd Reading Waived/Adopted: November 3, 2015
Revised: April 20, 2021