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Republican State Rep. Norlin Mommsen introduced House File 2177 earlier this week. The bill requires each public school district to install cameras in every classroom designated for special education or physical education so that parents and guardians of children may view live footage of their children’s classrooms.

Expenses related to the installation and maintenance of classroom cameras and related services and hardware necessary to maintain live footage of classrooms shall be paid from school foundation aid.

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Districts will be required to restrict access to view live footage in its classrooms so only a parent or guardian of a child in the class may view the footage during hours in which students are in normal attendance.

Any employee intentionally obstructing, disconnecting or otherwise causing a camera or online site not to function in a way that complies with requirements for classroom cameras will be guilty of noncompliance and subject to written reprimand for a first offense, a fine equivalent to one percent of the employee’s weekly salary for a second offense and a fine equivalent to five percent of the employee’s weekly salary for a third or subsequent offense.

A superintendent who fails to cause an employee to comply will be subject to a fine equivalent to five percent of their weekly salary each time an employee of the school is guilty of noncompliance for a third or subsequent time.

Author: Jacob Hall

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