Camera Installation at Rocky Run Middle School

April 09, 2018

Rocky Run Middle School Interior Video Monitoring Information

Rocky Run Middle School is considering installing internal cameras, as part of the overall renovation of the building. The Rocky Run Middle School administrative teams believes that internal cameras will increase the ability to maintain the safety of all students, staff members and visitors within the building. Internal cameras will only be placed in the high traffic areas, and will not be placed in classrooms or restrooms. In total, Rocky Run Middle School is proposing to install 25 internal cameras.

The effectiveness of internal video monitoring has been shown to reduce theft and vandalism. Seventy seven percent of all public high school currently use security cameras to monitor schools (Indicators of School Crime and Safety, U.S. Department of Justice and Education, November 2010). Locally, the school divisions that utilize interior video surveillance include the Maryland divisions of Frederick County, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. In Virginia, Alexandria, Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, Stafford, and Culpepper school divisions utilize interior cameras. Within Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) all high schools.

Interior cameras are not meant to be an invasion of privacy, but an additional layer of security in a complex world in which we live. Cameras will not be personally monitored, but footage would be available for review up to 30 days in case of an incident. The only persons who would see the video are FCPS staff who need to review and use the images in the course of their official duties. This is typically security and administration. Parents may view images only of their own student and may not have copies of footage. Parents will be notified if video has been reviewed regarding their son/daughter.

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