How HCPSS Uses Bus Cameras
In an effort to curb bullying and other inappropriate behavior on school buses, the Howard County Public School System has digital camera systems on school buses.
Camera recordings will not be monitored, and only will be accessed when HCPSS staff determine a recording is necessary to assist in an investigation.
- Installation costs $1,450 per bus
- Record both audio and video
- Contain 500 GB hard drives, which last approximately three weeks before being overwritten.
- Recording begins when the bus is turned on, and ends five minutes after the bus is turned off.
- Four cameras: two in the front (one facing steps), one in the middle and one in the rear of the bus
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the recordings be used for?
Camera recordings are not monitored and only will be accessed when staff determine a recording is necessary to assist in an investigation.
How does this help anti-bullying efforts?
The camera installations support the recommendations of the Joint Task Force on School Safety. They will supplement current HCPSS processes for addressing complaints of bullying behavior.
School administrators will be able to access these recordings when complaints or problems occur. This will help administrators quickly and objectively address reported incidents.
Who has access to the recordings?
Hard drives are in a locked box and may be only retrieved by:
- HCPSS Transportation Director and/or Area Managers
- Authorized school building administrator
Recorded material may only be reviewed by:
- Transportation staff members
- Central Office executive staff
- School security
- Risk management
- Accident review committee
- School administrators
- School Resource Officers