Closed Circuit Television Systems (CCTVS) are installed in Kilmacanogue National School.
The CCTV systems have been introduced in consultation with staff, the board of management and the parent’s association. The operation of the system will be for limited purpose and will be reviewed regularly in consultation with staff, the board of management and the parent’s association.
The purpose of this policy is to regulate the use of Closed Circuit Television and its associated technology in monitoring the environs of the premises under the remit of the Board of Management at Kilmacanogue National School.
CCTV systems are installed externally and internally on the premises for the purpose of enhancing security of the building and its associated equipment as well as creating a mindfulness among the occupants, at any time, that a surveillance security system is in operation around the premises during both the daylight and night hours each day. CCTV surveillance at the School is intended for the purposes of:
This policy relates directly to the location and use of CCTV and the monitoring, recording and subsequent use of such recorded material.
Kilmacanogue National School has a statutory responsibility for the protection of its property, equipment and other plant as well providing a sense of security to its employees, students and invitees to its premises. The Board of Management of Kilmacanogue National School owes a duty of care under the provisions of Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, Occupiers Liability Act, 1995 Data Protections Act 1998-2003 and associated legislation and utilises CCTV systems and their associated monitoring and recording equipment as an added mode of security and surveillance for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life of the school community by integrating the best practices governing the public and private surveillance of its premises.
The use of the CCTV system will be conducted in a professional, ethical and legal manner and any diversion of the use of CCTV security technologies for other purposes is prohibited by this policy e.g. CCTV will not be used for monitoring employee performance.
Information obtained through the CCTV system may only be released when authorised by the Principal following consultation with the Chairperson of the Board of Management. Any requests for CCTV recordings/images from An Garda Síochána will be fully documented and legal advice will be sought if any such request is made.
CCTV monitoring of public areas for security purposes will be conducted in a manner consistent with all existing policies adopted by the school.
Video monitoring of public areas for security purposes within school premises is limited to uses that do not violate the individual’s reasonable expectation to privacy.
Information obtained in violation of this policy may not be used in a disciplinary proceeding against an employee of the school or a student attending the school.
All CCTV systems and associated equipment will be required to be compliant with this policy following its adoption by the Board of Management at Kilmacanogue National School. Recognisable images captured by CCTV systems are “personal data.” They are therefore subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Acts.
Section 2 (1) (c) (iii) of the Data Protection Acts requires that data is “adequate, relevant and not excessive” for the purpose for which it is collected. This means that Kilmacanogue National School needs to be able to justify the obtaining and use of personal data by means of a CCTV system. The use of CCTV to control the perimeter of the school buildings as well as CCTV within the school building for security purposes has been deemed to be justified by the Board of Management. The system is intended to capture images of intruders or of individuals damaging property or removing goods without authorisation.
The Board of Management of the School has endeavoured to select locations for the installation of CCTCV cameras which will best serve the object of the policy but which will have a minimal effect on an individual’s right to privacy. Cameras are positioned in such a way as to prevent or minimise recording of passers-by or of another person’s private property.
The school will not engage in covert surveillance.
Where An Garda Síochána requests to carry out covert surveillance on school premises, such covert surveillance may require a judicial Order. Accordingly, any such request made by An Garda Síochána will be requested in writing and the school will seek legal advice.
The Principal will provide a copy of this CCTV Policy on request to staff, students, parents and visitors to the school. This policy describes the purpose and location of CCTV monitoring, a contact number for those wishing to discuss CCTV monitoring and guidelines for its use. The location of CCTV cameras will also be indicated to the Board of Management. Adequate signage will be placed at each location in which a CCTV cameras is sited to indicate that CCTV is in operation. Adequate signage will also be prominently displayed at the entrance. Signage shall include the name and contact details of the data controller as well as the specific purpose for which the CCTV camera is in place in each location.
Appropriate locations for signage will include:
In accordance with Section 2 (1) (c) (iv) of the Data Protection Acts, states that data shall be retained for a period no longer that 28 days.
The images/recordings will be stored in a secure environment with a log of access kept. Access will be restricted to authorised personnel. Supervising the access and maintenance of the CCTV System is the responsibility of the Principal. The Principal may delegate the administration of the CCTV System to another staff member. In certain circumstances, the recordings may also be viewed by other individuals in order to achieve the objectives set out above (such individuals may include the Gardaí, the Deputy Principal, other members of the teaching staff, representatives of the Department of Education and Skills, representatives of the HSE and/or the parent of a recorded student). When CCTV recordings are being viewed, access will be limited to authorised individuals on a need-to-know basis.
Digital recordings will be stored in a secure encrypted environment in line with Data Protection Acts. Access will be restricted to authorised personnel. A soft copy of the recordings (DVD, USB or otherwise) shall not be made without the express consent of the Board of Management and must be for a specified purpose and compliant with Data Protection legislation.
Soft copies of recorded footage and the monitoring equipment itself will be securely stored in a restricted area. Unauthorised access to that area will not be permitted at any time. The area will be locked when not occupied by authorised personnel. A log of access to soft copies and /or monitoring equipment will be maintained and stored in the principal’s office.
Access to the CCTV system and stored images will be restricted to the Principal of the school
In relevant circumstances, CCTV footage may be accessed:
Requests by An Garda Síochána: Information obtained through video monitoring will only be released when authorised by the Principal following consultation with the Chairperson of the Board of Management. Such requests should be made in writing and the school should immediately seek legal advice.
General Access requests: On written request, any person whose image has been recorded has a right to be given a copy of the information recorded which relates to them, provided always that such an image/recording exists i.e. has not been deleted and provided also that an exemption/prohibition does not apply to the release. Where the image/recording identifies another individual, those images may only be released where they can be redacted/anonymised so that the other person is not identified or identifiable. To exercise their right of access, a data subject must make an application in writing to the school Principal. The school may charge a fee for responding to such a request and must respond within 40 days.
A person should provide all the necessary information to assist Kilmacanogue National School in locating the CCTV recorded data, such as the date, time and location of the recording. If the image is of such poor quality as not to clearly identify an individual, that image may not be considered to be personal data and may not be handed over by the school.
In giving a person a copy of their data, the school may provide a still/series of still pictures, a tape, disk, USB with relevant images. However, other images of other individuals will be obscured before the data is released.
The Principal will:
The policy will be reviewed and evaluated from time to time. On-going review and evaluation will take cognisance of changing information or guidelines (e.g. from the Data Protection Commissioner, An Garda Síochána, Department of Education and Skills , national management bodies, legislation and feedback from parents/guardians, students, staff and others.
The date from which the policy will apply is the date of adoption by the Board of Management. Implementation of the policy will be monitored by the Principal of the school.
CCTV Policy reviewed by the Board of Management of Kilmacanogue National School
To be reviewed annually.
Signed by: Judy O’Toole Chairperson
Signed by: Niamh Murray Principal
Updated: March 2022
Judy O’Toole, Chairperson
Ann Marie Bourke, Acting Principal
Under review for November website update – Ann Marie Bourke & Judy O’Toole November 1st 2022
Reviewed 26th March 2023.