4118.4 - 1. Certified Personnel - A. Permanent Personnel - (8) Rights, Responsibilities and Duties - (d) Electronic Monitoring
Series 4000 – Personnel – Certified & Non Certified
1. Certified Personnel
A. Permanent Personnel
(8) Rights, Responsibilities and Duties
(d) Electronic Monitoring
Pursuant to the authority of Public Act 98-142, the Suffield Board of Education hereby gives notice to all its employees of the potential use of electronic monitoring in its workplace. While the Board may not actually engage in the use of electronic monitoring, it reserves the right to do so when determined by the Board or the Superintendent of Schools at their discretion.
“Electronic monitoring,” as defined by Public Act 98-142, means the collection of information on school district premises concerning employees’ activities or communications, by any means other than direct observation of the employees. Electronic monitoring includes the use of a computer, telephone, wire, radio, camera, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo-optical systems. The law does not cover the collection of information (A) for security purposes in any common areas of the Board of Education premises which are open to the public, or (B) which is prohibited under other state or federal law.
The following specific types of electronic monitoring may be used by this school district in its facilities:
- Monitoring of e-mail including personal email, and other components of the school district’s computer system for compliance with policies.
- Video surveillance for security purposes.
- Telephone monitoring (office, professional calls only) for quality control and performance assessment.
- Monitoring of electromagnetic card access system for security purposes.
The law also provides that, where electronic monitoring may produce evidence of misconduct, the school district may use electronic monitoring without any prior notice when the Board and/or the Superintendent have reasonable grounds to believe employees of the school system are engaged in conduct that (1) violates the law, (2) violates the legal rights of the Board of Education or other employees, (3) creates a hostile work environment, or (4) violates Board policy or regulation.
Questions about electronic monitoring in the workplace should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools or members of the administrative staff of the district.
||April 2, 2013
||SUFFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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