ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County Public Schools will install digital camera systems on nearly half of its school buses, officials announced Friday.
Cameras have already been installed on approximately 100 buses, and another 110 buses will have them by the end of the year.
The recordings will not be monitored, and will only be accessed when HCPSS staff are conducting an investigation.
The goal is to have cameras on all buses over the next few years.
The announcement was made during a joint press conference with the Howard County government for the launch of the county's new anti-bullying campaign.
"Safety is our top priority. The cameras give school personnel a way to investigate and address bullying or otherwise disruptive activities that happen on the school bus," HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Renee A. Foose said. "These cameras will help us to ensure that students get to school safely-both physically and emotionally-while riding a school bus."
Answers to frequently asked questions about the bus cameras, and a video interview with HCPSS Transportation Director David Ramsay are available on the HCPSS website, www.hcpss.org/schools/transportation.