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Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:04

Middle Schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Consider Allowing Police Access to Surveillance Cameras

(TNS) — Santa Fe Public Schools will consider entering into a memorandum of understanding with the police department that would allow for police access to on-campus surveillance cameras, but only in emergency situations.

The school board on Tuesday heard from attorney Geno Zamora who talked about the impact such an agreement would have on the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, a federal law that protects the privacy of students.

Zamora said the MOU would have to define “access,” but assured the board that any MOU would be “limited to emergency situations.”

Superintendent Veronica Garcia said that up to now the school district had a “gentleman’s agreement” to allow police access in certain situations. She said she had allowed police access to surveillance video from Capital or Santa Fe high schools a handful of times since a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last February.