Local school to add cameras in classrooms - WNEM TV 5

Local school to add cameras in classrooms

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The pendant to be worn by teachers. The pendant to be worn by teachers.
BANGOR TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

New technology will soon zero in on the safety of students in one local school district.

Bangor Township is installing a new camera system that will not only aide in the event of an emergency but also help teachers deliver the day's lesson.

In a world of uncertainty, Bangor Township is recognizing that school safety is a top priority to a quality education.

A camera is mounted in the ceiling and it has 4 lenses on it so you can view the classroom in a variety of ways.

The district is spending 90-thousand state dollars for what's called the "safe system". They'll mount cameras in more than 25 elementary, middle and high school classrooms by April. Each camera controlled by a pendant worn by the teacher.

The only time that teachers will have control over a camera is if they happen to push the panic button. Immediately when they push the button, the camera begins recording.

It will also sound an alarm in the office, allowing an administrator to immediately pull up the camera to see what's going on in that classroom and determine if a call for help is needed.

The device will allow police officers responding to an incident an immediate video feed that can be viewed on an iPad or computer and there is an interactive map that lets a person know where the emergency is.

The cameras also aide in learning. Teachers can record their lessons for self-reflection as well allow parents to watch the lesson online to help their children with homework.

Parents can ask questions about the system at a meeting planned for March 4.

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