Camera Monitoring of Special Education Classrooms
Children are the same everywhere. They have to be cared for, made to feel important and encouraged to be independent, no matter where they are. This is especially true in the case of special needs children, who have some sort of disability holding them back in this world.
This is why special education schools all over the world try their best to make their children feel like they are strong members of the society. Children who have mental disabilities need this support, so many schools tend to opt not to make their school premises ‘too secure’, so that the children may be ready for the real world once they are done with their studies.
While this decision may prove to be better in the long run, children do tend to get hurt in special needs schools. That is why the State of Texas has made it mandatory for all special education classes in the district to employ the use of camera monitoring in classrooms.
Incidents of Children Getting Hurt
While any child can get hurt at school, this risk is increased in a special needs classroom. Children can come home with a black eye or a bruised arm and no one would be able to tell the parents what happened. There are many instances where even teachers have to physically intervene to help control a student’s aggression, which may cause some sort of injury to the child. This may not be the teacher’s fault, of course, if the child had a temper tantrum and started attacking for some reason. But without camera monitoring in a special needs classroom, there would be no way to tell who was at fault.
If nothing else, the parents of these children are at least a little less worried because with cameras in the classrooms, they can have a look at the video to see what happened when their child comes home with a bruise, so that these incidents can be prevented from happening again.
The cameras are to cover all areas of the special needs classrooms, with the exceptions being the bathrooms and any area where the students might change. That said, any other room are to be monitored when a children spends at least half of their time at school.
The videos will be kept by the school for a period of 6 months, so that any incident can be replayed for review even after some time has passed by.
Implementation is Still Unclear
The problem with this decision is that no one knows who is going to actually pay for all the equipment. Experts believe that the funding for this project will pose some issues because of this lack of clarity. According to the Texas Education Agency, however, the cost will fall on the school district. This law will be seen implemented in schools from the start of next year.
While there is some confusion and financial reservation with the project, the parents of special needs students feel like the camera monitoring of their classrooms is a step in the right direction, and many believe that they will feel a lot better knowing that their child is in a safe place.