Educational Use of Drones for Students follows the FAA Guidelines for Recreational Use. Complete these steps before you fly your Drone.
Review and follow these MCS Drone Board Policies:
The following restrictions apply to the time, place, and manner of Drones in Modesto City Schools and your School Site. Violations of any restrictions listed below may result in revoking of Drone flight approval and future use:
Only with persons with appropriate certification and approval may fly the Drone.
Drone may only be flown during daylight hours.
Operator must be within visual line of sight of Drone and in control at all times.
Drone may not be flown over outdoor athletic facilities or stadiums when people are present.
Drone may not be flown over people
Drone may not be flown within 100 feet of buildings. Drone may not be flown within 150 feet of persons or animals.
Drone may not be flown in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
Maximum altitude of 400 feet. Institutional airspace includes that portion of the air space between the surface of the ground and 300 feet above the ground or above a building or structure erected on the property.
Drone must stay well away from manned aircraft, especially low-flying helicopters.
Drone may not be flown in a manner which interferes with ground vehicles or traffic.
Drone may not be flown inside buildings.
Drone may not be used to monitor or record sensitive institutional or personal information which may be found, for example, on an individual’s workspaces, on computer, or other electronic displays.
Drone may not be flown over Early Childhood Education center facilities.
Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission.
Drone may not be used to monitor or record areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in accordance with accepted social norms. These areas include but are not limited to restrooms, locker rooms, changing or dressing rooms, and health treatment rooms.
These rules are from the Modesto City Schools Administrative Regulation Policy on Drones: From AR 3515.21
FAA Drone Regulations permits Teachers and Students to fly drones for educational purposes. This is Section 350 of the 14 CFR Part 107, Small UAS Rule & P.L. 115-254 Regulations.
FAA Educational Users: https://www.faa.gov/uas/educational_users/
FAA 14 CFR Part 107, Small UAS Rule: https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/
FAA P.L 115-254, Section 350 Educational Purpose under Recreational Flyers: https://www.congress.gov/115/plaws/publ254/PLAW-115publ254.pdf