School System Increases Safety on School Buses
Release Date: 7/9/2009 11:31:51 AM
The Carroll County Public School System is increasing security and safety for students on school buses by phasing in new video/audio systems on school buses. School buses currently are equipped only with video cameras. The new digital recording system allows for additional protection of students and staff while on the bus and traveling to and from school.
Some school buses will be outfitted with the video/audio system at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. The school system also plans to provide the new equipment on some existing buses with grant funds secured through the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. The upgrades begin in 2009-2010, and it is anticipated that all buses will be equipped with the new system over the course of the next several years.
“The privacy of students and the video and audio recordings made on the buses will be kept secure and will be reviewed only by Carroll County Public Schools personnel when necessary,” said Jim Doolan, Director of Transportation Services for Carroll County Public Schools. The upgraded system will help the school system keep pace with new technologies and will provide a more secure environment for students.
According to Jim Weire, owner of F & S Transportation, “F & S has used the cameras for many years and finds that they are an excellent tool. First and foremost, safety is our goal and cameras have been a key to making this happen. Our experience shows that it has reduced behavior issues and provides objective support to all parties.”