SUPERINTENDENT CLARIFIES PROTOCOL ON PHOTOS IN THE CLASSROOM

posted May 2, 2016, 7:30 AM by Clifton Dancy   [ updated May 2, 2016, 7:31 AM ]

HAMPSTEAD SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

SUPERINTENDENT CLARIFIES PROTOCOL ON PHOTOS IN THE CLASSROOM

 

With end of the school year activities just around the corner, Dr. Metzler wishes to clarify the District’s position on photographing and videotaping students at school.  The recent passage of RSA 189:68, IV has many people confused over what is and what is not allowed.   Part of the confusion is that the intent of the law was not clearly articulated in the language of the law.  The purpose of the law was to protect teachers from having their classrooms recorded as part of an evaluation process without their consent, and to protect the privacy of students in those classrooms being recorded for evaluation purposes.   

It is important to note the changes to the law which restrict recording a classroom are specific to audio and video recordings only – the taking of photographs is exempt from the provisions of this law.  Audio and video recordings in a classroom are still allowed for educational/instructional purposes; however, permission is now required.   The law does not affect recordings outside of a classroom setting.

May 2, 2016