Tag Archive: Student Safety

Creating a Comprehensive School Bus Video Policy

on May 29, 2019 6:00 pm

Purchasing a camera system for your buses? Read our latest blog post on why you need a comprehensive video policy to go with your new systems. The use of video surveillance on school property has grown each year, and that trend doesn’t look to be slowing anytime soon. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 80 percent of public schools in the United States used security cameras to monitor students during the 2015-16 school year. The use of security cameras extends past the building premises, as the use of video recording systems on school buses continues to increase as part of that overall trend. With schools utilizing video recording systems to improve safety for students and bus drivers alike, many schools are finding out the hard way that simply purchasing video recording systems for their buses isn’t enough. In order to get the most of your video recording systems – and also avoid potential lawsuits and privacy complaints – it’s vital to craft a clear and comprehensive school bus video policy to ensure your school bus camera system program is as successful as can be. So what are some things you need to consider when drafting your...

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Five Steps to Implementing a Successful School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Program

on February 14, 2019 4:45 pm

When it comes to using video recording systems on school buses to keep students safe, much of the focus is on what’s happening on the bus when it’s moving. But some of the most dangerous moments come when students are getting on and off the bus. In a November 2018 report from School Transportation News, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASPDTS) reported that during its annual one-day count of incidents of illegal school bus passing throughout the U.S. in 2018, school bus drivers in 38 states recorded 83,944 incidents during that one-day count. Stretch that figure over a 180-day school year and the NASPDTS estimates that as many as 15 million vehicles could be illegally passing school buses in a given year. The issue of keeping students safe while boarding and exiting the school bus continues to draw attention across the country, as NBC News reported that three children in Indiana were recently killed and another was injured when a truck struck them as they crossed the road to board their bus – even after the bus driver had activated the bus stop arm. Tragedies like the one in Indiana have led many districts to...

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