The Halton District School Board (HDSB) is making a concerted attempt to equip most of its school buses with cameras beginning this September.
In a note to parents and guardians, the HDSB said the cameras are intended to provide “additional student safety” around incidents that occur on buses.
Negoi said personal information recorded by the video cameras is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).
The buses will be equipped with interior cameras that will record during loading times and while the buses while in transit. The HDSB said parents and guardians should ensure that children are aware of the presence of the cameras on school buses.
It is a matter of time before all school buses across the country have cameras as a matter of routine. Some Toronto District School Board (TDSB) already have a few buses equipped with cameras.
According to reports, cameras have a calming effect for some students, it also acts as a deterrent to badly behaved kids as they know they can be held accountable for their bad behavior. In other words, a camera can almost replace the need for having a person of authority sitting in the bus. -CINEWS