Use of Surveillance on School Grounds
The South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to promote and foster school safety and ensure a safe and effective learning environment. After having carefully considered and balanced the rights of privacy with the District’s duty to promote discipline, health, welfare, and safety of students and staff, as well as that of the general public who has occasion to use school facilities, the Board authorizes the use of surveillance cameras in its schools, its buses, and on school grounds.
Effective November 12, 2019, a digital visitor management system is utilized by all four South Orangetown Central School District schools to screen visitors, contractors and volunteers entering our schools and enhance our ability to provide a safe environment for students and staff.
- All visitors who wish to enter a school building beyond the security desk and parents/guardians who pick up their children earlier than the normal dismissal time will be required to present government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, to the security guard.
- The ID will either be scanned or manually entered into the visitor management system.
- Once cleared, the security guard will return visitors’ ID, ask them to sign in and provide them with a pre-printed badge with their photo on it to wear at all times in the building
- Visitors will then be directed to proceed to their destination. Visitors are approved only to go to the specific destination requested and may not go to any other area of a school without returning to the security desk for approval.
- Upon leaving the school, visitors must sign out at the security desk and return the badge to the security guard. Returned badges will be destroyed upon receipt.
- Screening will occur at all schools during the school day only: 9:15AM-3:30PM for WOS and CLE and 8:15AM-3:00PM for SOMS and TZHS.
Visitors who do not have a government-issued ID may present an official document bearing their full name and date of birth, such as a birth certificate, voter registration card, insurance card, Medicaid card or bank card. These visitors will be required to have their photograph taken by the security guard to be entered into the system for screening.
For additional information, view the Visitor Management Frequently Asked Questions page.