Hammond School Board holds off on policy

2013-11-18T21:45:00Z 2013-11-18T23:32:06Z Hammond School Board holds off on policyCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The Hammond School Board put off approving a policy that would guide the use of electronic devices such as audio and video recording equipment.

The district has been working with Ohio-based NEOLA Inc. to review and revise its board policies to conform with Indiana law.

Proposed Policy 7440.01 authorizes using video and audio monitoring equipment on board property and buses. It would also authorize security personnel to use body-worn monitoring equipment while on duty.

The policy says signs would notify anyone entering buildings that communication and actions may be monitored and recorded in that facility.

During a work session on board policy Monday, Hammond Superintendent Walter Watkins proposed changes to the policy including audio monitoring on buses but not in buildings.

"In such activities where audio monitoring may take place, the administrator must notify the interviewee that audio monitoring is taking place and that person may opt out," he said.

Hammond School Board President Deborah White suggested the revisions to the proposed policy be completed by Wednesday. The School Board is scheduled to meet Monday to hear the first reading of the proposed policy with corrections.

It will hold a special meeting Nov. 26 to approve the policy on second reading and adopt it.

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