There has not been a single issue with student behaviour aboard a school bus since the district had video surveillance installed in every vehicle in the fleet.
District superintendent Terry Sullivan noted the impact of the program when asked about his annual report to the board on the subject of video surveillance. According to district policy, he’s required to report to the board annually about video surveillance.
Sullivan said the reports must be presented at closed-door, in-camera meetings, recognizing a need for discretion around security concerns.
“We don’t always know what the request is going to be to use them.”
Along with the buses, they have been used in limited fashion in cases of repeated theft or vandalism at schools. In one case, surveillance pinpointed the culprit, who lived right across the street from the school.
“It’s very rare that we use them. I think parents are very supportive because they see it as a safety issue.”
A district survey of parents found that 80 per cent would agree to increased use of video surveillance in school.
But there are serious privacy issues related to increased surveillance, which makes the district reluctant to expand the program, he added.