KEYSER - A policy which would regulate what county staff members can or cannot videotape with their cell phones or ipads was narrowly passed by the Mineral County Board of Education recently.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - A policy which would regulate what county staff members can or cannot videotape with their cell phones or ipads was narrowly passed by the Mineral County Board of Education recently.
Superintendent of schools Shawn Dilly admitted that the updated policy “may need some clarification” after board members questioned the fine line between what was acceptable and unacceptable to videotape.
Dilly said the difference is outlined by whether an event is considered public or private.
“A football game would be a public event; anyone can videotape a public event,” he said.  “But a performance by students for a grade may not be considered a public event.
“We may have to seek clarification on that,” he said.
Dilly said the recommendation to update the policy came from Neola, an agency which advises local school boards on updates to policies in order to stay current and compliant with federal and state laws.
“These (updates) are coming from a real push for student privacy,” he said.
Board member Rob Woy said he felt the policy “can be interpreted very broadly,” which could lead to tension between disagreeing parties.
“I think it opens up a whole lot of leeway for interpretation that ‘someone’ is going to have to deal with,” he said.
The board voted 3-2 to approve the policy, with Woy and fellow board member Tom Denne voting against.