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TEA Senate Bill 507 Clarification Letter

TEA Senate Bill 507 Clarification Letter

TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath Asks Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for Clarification of SB507

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Click on the image above to download the Letter from TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton requesting clarification of Senate Bill 507 (SB507).

With Senate Bill 507 compliance set to start for the 2016-2017 school year, Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner of Education Mike Morath has asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for clarification of the bill.

Morath writes in a letter to Paxton,

“Stakeholders have expressed that portions of the bill are unclear or subject to varying interpretations and are eager for TEA to provide clarification through rulemaking.”

The letter to Paxton, dated March 11, 2016 and available for download here, asks Paxton for an expedited opinion on Senate Bill 507 interpretations so that TEA can provide immediate clarification to its stakeholders. Stakeholders have expressed confusion over portions of the bill that define the video surveillance request, the location of the surveillance, and the conclusion of the surveillance.

Please see the specific questions from Morath quoted below:

SB 507 Questions from TEA Commissioner of Education Mike Morath to Attorney General Ken Paxton

  1. Can section 29.022(a) reasonably be construed to mean that a request for video surveillance only requires that video surveillance be conducted in one self-contained instructional setting?
  2. If your response to question 1is “no,” can the statute reasonably be construed to allow a requestor to limit his or her request for video surveillance to one or more specific instructional settings? For example, if a parent’s request reflects that the parent only wants video surveillance in his or her child’s classroom, would it be permissible for the school district or charter school to only place and operate video cameras in that specific classroom?
  3. Can the term “staff member” in section 29.022 reasonably be construed to mean only a campus employee who is assigned to a self-contained instructional setting described in the statute and certain campus employees with supervisory authority, such as a principal and assistant principal?
  4. Can section 29.022(b) reasonably be construed to allow a school district or charter school to discontinue video surveillance in a self-contained instructional setting if the circumstances surrounding the request have changed substantially (e.g., the student whose parent requested video surveillance is no longer assigned to the classroom or has left the campus or district, the teacher who requested video surveillance is no longer ·~ assigned to the classroom, the term of office of the trustee who requested video surveillance has ended, etc.)?

Alarm Integrations, a PSX Company, Presents Senate Bill 507 Questions to Special Education Directors

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Alarm Integrations presented SB507 to Region 18 Special Education Directors and teachers. Download the presentation here.

Alarm Integrations recently presented the TEA questions to Region 18 Special Education Directors and teachers in a Senate Bill 507 (SB507) presentation. The presentation was designed to explain the requirements of SB507, and how PSX can provide the video surveillance equipment to meet these requirements.

The presentation included representatives from Choice Facility Partners, Les Hooper; Ron Alexander from Mooring Services; and Alan Morris with Alarm Integrations, a PSX Company.

The group questions at the Region 18 presentation were provoking and those questions and more will be answered in the coming days. Please download the SB 507 presentation here. It includes information about SB507 and the solutions currently available.

Please contact Alan Morris at 832-584-5901 if you have questions and/or want to order the $2500 kits with hemisphere camera, microphone and 6 month recorder with a part number aptly named SB5076mth.

Other SB507 surveillance options are available upon request.

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Texas School Security – TASA & TASBO

Texas School Security – TASA & TASBO

Alarm Integrations / PSX Inc. attends 2016 TASA Midwinter Conference and 2016 TASBO Conference to offer Texas school security solutions.

S2 Threat Level Escalator allows school administrators to instantly lockdown a facility from their smartphone with the push of a button,Alan Morris and Scot MacTaggart of PSX Inc. both attended the 2016 TASA Midwinter Conference and the 2016 TASBO Conference to share Texas school security solutions with school business officials. PSX presented mobile app solutions including the S2 Threat Level Escalator and Mobile Security Officer.

S2 Threat Level Escalator and Mobile Security Officer

The Threat Level Escalator allows school security and administrators to instantly lockdown a facility with the push of a button. The Mobile security officer allows administrators to manage an entire facility – doors, cameras, and cardholders – on the go from a smartphone or tablet.

Senate Bill 507 (SB507) Video Surveillance Solutions

PSX also presented solutions for SB507 (Senate Bill 507) the mandate for installing video surveillance solutions in special education classrooms in Texas. SB507 is effective in 2016 and schools will be required to install cameras in special education classrooms upon request from parents, officials, and administrators. Schools will also be required to store video for future reference if necessary. Alarm Integrations / PSX specializes in video surveillance solutions for SB507. Contact Alan Morris for a consultation. PSX can install a system specially designed to meet the SB507 requirements.

2016 TASA Midwinter Conference

PSX attended the 2016 TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators) Conference in Austin, Texas January 24-27. Scot MacTaggart and Alan Morris met with school officials to answer questions about video surveillance, access control, and mass notification/emergency management tools. SB 507 topics were also addressed at the conference. PSX offers solutions to meet SB507 requirements.

TASA describes its mission as, “to promote, provide and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students,” (TASA).

2016 TASBO Conference

Alarm Integrations / PSX Inc. attended the TASBO (Texas Association of School Business Officials) 2016  Conference in Austin, Texas March 2-4.

TASBO describes its organization as, “a well-run school district will ensure that the maximum amount of resources are placed in the classroom. The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) continues a tradition of supporting K-12 schools and their business and operations professionals. An independent, not-for-profit professional association, TASBO is dedicated to being the trusted resource for school finance and operations in Texas” (TASBO.org).