The safety and well being of students and staff is a high priority in the Lakewood School District. Thanks to our community, we now have a closed circuit video system to help us monitor hallways and high traffic areas at the middle school and high school. These ‘extra sets of eyes’ were made possible using funds designated for the system through our Technology Levy. Below are answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the new system.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the District installing cameras? The safety and security of students and staff is the primary reason for installing the new video surveillance systems. The Technology Levy, passed by our taxpayers,provided for video surveillance systems to increase security at the two schools. The cameras will also be used to protect district property, to deter and prevent acts of vandalism and to enforce school rules.
Where are the cameras installed? At both locations, the cameras are located in public areas—outside the building or in high traffic hallways. At Lakewood High School, cameras have been installed in the Foyer outside the Gymnasium, in the main hallway outside the Theatre and Library, the junior hallway, senior hallway, and just outside the doors to the “Outback”. At Lakewood Middle School, the cameras are located in the hallway with 6th grade lockers, the hallway with 7th grade lockers and the hallway just outside the Commons area.
Who will view video recordings? Video recordings will be viewed by a school administrator or a campus security monitor when problems are brought to the attention of the principal or school district. Video recordings may also be used for inquiries and proceedings related to law enforcement.
Who should I contact if I have questions about the system? If you have questions, please contact your school principal or the district technology director. Contact information is listed below.