Cameras in the Classroom: How to Handle Cell Phones and Other Recording Devices in K-12 Schools

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., Steckel and Stopp
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? School superintendents, principals, human resources directors, faculty, school district in-house counsel
Best For: K-12

Do a YouTube search on “teacher goes crazy,” and you will find dozens of student-recorded cell phone videos of teachers using foul language, screaming, and engaging in other similar misconduct. A soccer coach was recently charged with two counts of felony wiretap violations for recording a phone call with a parent without the parent’s consent. A parent in Virginia was charged with wiretap violations that were later dropped when she sent a digital recorder in her daughter’s backpack in an effort to catch evidence of bullying. A Pennsylvania student was arrested for wiretapping and disorderly conduct when he used his school iPad, issued for his ADHD, to record incessant bullying by his classmates. AngelSense, a popular GPS tracking device designed for children with Autism, has been causing a stir due to its “listen in” feature, which allows parents to hear live, streaming audio of their child’s location at any time on the parents’ phone or computer. In New Jersey, the state and national teachers’ unions got involved when one school installed grant-funded surveillance cameras in every classroom for the purposes of producing observational clips for teacher evaluations, arguing that such widespread “spying” has a chilling effect on communication and, as a result, the educational process. Meanwhile, the state of Texas passed a statute authorizing video cameras in special education classrooms to assist in the investigation of teacher misconduct in certain situations. Cameras and recording devices seem to be everywhere in schools today, but what rights do schools and parents have to record school activities?

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, attorney at law, as she unpacks the laws that govern the use of audio and video recording devices in today’s schools. She will discuss the parameters of state and federal wiretap laws, the rights and limitations of schools to use surveillance technology to record student and teacher conduct, what privacy rights students and employees have related to classroom recordings, what (if any) recourse schools have when students and/or parents post videos online, and more!


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What legal rights do students have regarding the use of audio/video recording on campus?
  • Do state and/or federal wiretap laws apply to student on-campus recording?
  • Do students have a right, under FERPA, to view security surveillance videos?
  • Who “owns” the rights to a classroom lecture?
  • Can schools prohibit students from publishing on-campus recordings on the internet?
  • What legal obligations do schools have under the ADA and Section 504 to accommodate students with disabilities by permitting audio/visual recording?
  • Can an instructor refuse to permit audio/video recording in a classroom if school policy permits it?


Your conference leader for “Cameras in the Classroom: How to Handle Cell Phones and Other Recording Devices in K-12 Schools” is Erin Gilsbach. An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law, Erin Gilsbach is an attorney with the Pennsylvania-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp and the president of the PSBA Solicitors Association. She is dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. Throughout her career, she has provided legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Atty. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by providing engaging and high-quality professional development trainings for educators and school leaders in the area of school law. In addition, she helps schools create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are not only compliant with statutory and regulatory requirements but that also anticipate the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable caselaw.

Atty. Gilsbach has been voted a Rising Star Attorney by her peers in Super Lawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past five years, and she is a frequent presenter with the National Business Institute, the Education Law Association, the National School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and at numerous conferences held at universities throughout the state. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to private practice, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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