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School Security: Video Camera Systems

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School safety is a top priority for Eugene School District 4J and for our community. Recent 4J school bond measures overwhelmingly approved by voters have included funding for school safety and security among many other important capital improvements.

A key school security enhancement funded by the 2013 bond measure was installing security video camera systems in schools and other district buildings. Cameras were installed over the 2018–19, 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years and are in place now at all 4J schools.

The following are some frequently asked questions about school security cameras.

What is the funding for the school camera systems? 

Installing security video camera systems in schools and other district buildings was a key school security enhancement planned and funded by the 2013 bond measure.

When were the cameras installed?

The cameras were installed in high schools and middle schools starting in early 2019 and in elementary schools during the 2019–20 school year. The final schools’ camera systems came online in 2020.

Where are the cameras placed?

Cameras are placed for security purposes in multiple locations at each school, particularly in areas where there is a high volume of traffic or potential for concern, such as hallways, gymnasiums, cafeterias and school exteriors. Cameras are not placed in classrooms or in areas such as restrooms or locker rooms.

When are the cameras operating?

The cameras provide an extra set of eyes for student safety and school security, both during the school day and after hours and overnight. Video cameras are in operation 24 hours a day, but are not monitored all the time.

Will the cameras be monitored?

Video will not be continuously monitored in real-time. More commonly, recordings of a specific location and time will be reviewed after an incident or concern is reported. The cameras do not use facial recognition technology.

Are video recordings secure?

Yes. Access to the security camera system is restricted to selected personnel such as school administrators, campus monitors, and the district’s public safety office, and only for legitimate purposes. Archived recordings are stored securely. The district will comply with all applicable board policy and state and federal laws related to student records and video camera use.

How long is recorded video kept?

24-hour video coverage is automatically erased after 30 days. Pertinent video recordings may be saved and become a part of a student’s educational record or a district investigation file. When appropriate, video recordings may be shared with law enforcement.

Did the school district have cameras before?

Previously, the district had some cameras at specific sites but did not have a coordinated video camera system in place across the district. The addition of a coordinated video camera system at all schools will add an extra set of eyes and an extra layer of security for our students and schools.


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