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Taping in the Classroom

Audio or videotaping in a classroom may only be done with teacher consent.  Students or any other visiting adult who records in a classroom without the teacher’s permission violates Education Code section 51512.  That section states:

The Legislature finds that the use by any person, including a pupil, of any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom of the elementary and secondary schools without the prior consent of the teacher and the principal of the school given to promote an education purpose disrupts and impairs the teaching process and discipline in the elementary and secondary schools, and such use is prohibited. Any person, other than a pupil, who willfully violates this section, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.  Any pupil violating this section shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.