An Overview of New School Policy
The Fairfax County School Board’s vote allows schools to install surveillance cameras, but it does not require them. Each school within the county will be able to engage in public discussion between faculty, students and parents about whether cameras would be a help or hindrance for discipline issues. Principals would be responsible for making the final decisions in their own schools, ensuring that each administrator would make a determination of the need for surveillance cameras based on their own unique situations.
Will cameras make schools safer? Only time will tell, but in the interim, some schools are taking the leap and experimenting with the potential benefits of video surveillance on campus.