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Policy: EEAAA
Video and Audio Recording for Instructional Purposes


The Lyme Elementary School is committed to the use of technology to enhance the education of its students. The Lyme School acknowledges that video, digital video, and audio recording (‘recording’) 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 in remote locations, to home-bound or hospital-bound students, or to permit a student to recover classroom instruction lost during an extended absence. Also, school personnel may utilize recordings on occasion for professional and evaluative purposes.

The decision to conduct video, digital video, or audio recording for educational purposes shall be made first by the classroom teacher, and his or her consent to recording shall be documented in writing and placed on file with the Principal. All such recordings shall be deemed to be the copywritten property of the School and shall not be reproduced without the Principal’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 study and do not constitute educational records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Only the student(s) or instructor on whose behalf a request for recording is made will be granted access to that recording. The Principal may authorize others to view an existing recording on a case-to-case and as-needed basis.

Student recordings as an accommodation included in an 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. If the classroom teacher wishes to preserve a recording for future instructional purposes, the teacher must seek permission from the Principal to preserve the recording.

No recording shall take place in a classroom without first securing the written consent of each student’s parent or guardian. This policy shall be reproduced and included in the documents sent to students’ families prior to the opening of school each year, and the school will request the return of the written consent form for the Lyme Elementary School’s use of video and audio classroom recording for instructional purposes for that school year. Until that time, this policy and a permission form shall be disseminated by each classroom educator when recording in his or her classroom is contemplated. The educator shall be responsible for garnering all parents’ written consents and placing them on file with the Principal before recording may take place in the classroom.

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



APPROVED: 10 December 2015