New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) 18A:36-39 (P.L. 2013, c. 44)
Personnel in each school district should be aware that New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) 18A:36-39 (P.L. 2013, c. 44) requires notification to students about the usage of certain electronic devices effective July 1, 2013. The statute requires that:
A school district or charter school that furnishes a student with a laptop computer, cellular telephone, or other electronic device shall provide the student with written or electronic notification that the electronic device may record or collect information on the student's activity or the student's use of the device if the electronic device is equipped with a camera, global positioning system, or other feature capable of recording or collecting information on the student's activity or use of the device. The notification shall also include a statement that the school district or charter school shall not use any of the capabilities in a manner that would violate the privacy rights of the student or any individual residing with the student. The parent or guardian of the student shall acknowledge receipt of the notification. The school district or charter school shall retain the acknowledgement as long as the student retains the use of the electronic device.
A school district or charter school failing to provide the notification required by this section shall be subject to a fine of $250 per student, per incident.
Guidance is provided below to clarify specific terms and references to ensure the statute is implemented in accordance with the intent of the law.
It is important to consider the development of district policies that address issues that are a result of using electronic equipment outside of school. Some of the areas that may be reflected in policy are:
A memo was sent to Chief School Administrators and Charter School Lead Persons on July 23, 2013.
"The Anti-Big Brother Act" may be found at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/PL13/44_.HTM.
For further information, contact the Office of Educational Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org.