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Drone Use & Safety Program

Procedures Regarding the Use of Drones on Goose Creek CISD Property


The Texas Education Code grants school districts the authority to adopt rules to protect the safety of students, employees, and property. (Tex. Edu. Code 37.102(a)). GCCISD has adopted these procedures regarding the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), otherwise known as drones, on or in the airspace above District-owned property or off-site for any District purpose by any person, including Goose Creek CISD officers, employees, representatives, contractors, volunteers, students, and parents, as well as members of the general public, to the extent specified herein.


Steps for Drone Use

  1. Review the below tabs
  2. Fill Form out
  3. Submit for approval


General Information

In order to protect student privacy, promote safety, and comply with federal and state laws and UIL requirements, any use of drones on or in the airspace above Goose Creek CISD-owned property or off-site for a District purpose shall be subject to, and must comply with, the following, as applicable:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, including proper registration, Air Traffic Control clearance from Baytown Airport (KHPY), and FAA licensure;
  • State laws, including the Texas Privacy Act;
  • UIL rules;
  • Goose Creek CISD Board Policies, including Board Policy CQ regarding District Technology Resources and GKA (LEGAL) ;
  • The District’s acceptable use policies; and procedures establish here.


Drones shall not be flown over any match, tournament, scrimmage, game, practice, or other school- sponsored or school-related event, or otherwise over people, unless specifically permitted by law and UIL rules. In no event shall any drone be flown over District-owned property or off-site for a District purpose in a careless or reckless manner.


As part of these procedures, GCCISD may also display signage regulating drone use in certain locations, such as areas frequented by pedestrian traffic, or at certain times of the day, such as when students are outside on a playground, as appropriate. Any drone flight involving take off from or landing on District-owned property or conducted off-site for a District purpose shall require prior written authorization from GCCISD’s Superintendent or his designee as described below.


District personnel should report any drone use in violation of applicable law or these procedures to a GCCISD administrator or a District police officer.

District-Authorized Flights

Any drone flight involving take off from or landing on District-owned property or conducted off-site for a District purpose, including indoor flights, must be approved in advance, in writing, by Goose Creek CISD’s Superintendent or his designee. Requests for authorization must be submitted in writing to Goose Creek CISD Drone Flight Portal Submission at least 30 calendar days prior to the drone use requiring authorization.


The District reserves the right to permit or prohibit any drone use on or in the airspace above GCCISD owned property or off-site for a District purpose based on factors including risk to people or property and educational purpose served.


Drone flights involving take off from or landing on District-owned property will not be approved unless the drone operator is a District officer, employee, student, or other District-affiliated party, such as a contractor or volunteer, and the drone flight serves a District purpose. GCCISD , in its discretion, may authorize District employees, students, or other District-affiliated parties to operate a drone in designated indoor spaces at designated times. Outdoor drone use will not be approved by the District without written confirmation that the drone operator has provided notice to and obtained authorization from Baytown Airport, as required by applicable authorities. Drone flights over people will not be approved without written confirmation that the flight complies with applicable FAA requirements, or a FAA waiver has been granted.


In addition to obtaining District authorization, all drone operators shall provide at least 24 hours prior written notice of the approved drone flight to affected parties, such as Goose Creek CISD Police Department dispatch and any relevant campus administration, as directed by GCCISD in the approval notice. All District-authorized drone flights must always remain within the visual line of sight of the operator and may not be flown in areas where there is an expectation of privacy, such as above locker rooms and restrooms.


Approval Request

All flights of unmanned aircraft systems must be approved by the executive council or their department representatives. For educational purposes, the request shall go through the director of career and technical education. For noneducational purposes, this request shall go through the director of safe and secure schools.


Drones Prohibited Complying with GKA(LEGAL), all flights shall begin the process with the following items:

  1. If a license is required to fly a UAS on district property, this must be presented during the approval process;
  2. The completion of The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) if required prior to the flight; and
  3. Proper notification and approval are granted.


Exceptions for UAS Flight

No violation of this policy occurs when the use of a drone takes place as part of a District-approved activity supervised by District authorities or within GKA(LEGAL).


The following locations are off limits for UAS flight. "No Drone Zone" locations include:

  1. Central administration building;
  2. Education support center; and
  3. Athletic facilities (during sanctioned games and scrimmages) during warm-up, contest, or half-time per University Interscholastic League (UIL) policy.


Final determination of no-fly zones is established by the Superintendent or designees.

Drone Flights by Contractors, Volunteers and District Agents

In addition to complying with the requirements and restrictions set forth above, a drone operator who is not an employee or student of the District and who is seeking authorization to operate a drone on or in the airspace above District-owned property or off-site for District purposes, such as construction, exhibitions, and inspections, must:


a) Obtain authorization from Goose Creek CISD ’s Superintendent or his designee;


b) Provide the District with a signed statement indemnifying, defending, and holding the District harmless from any harm to individuals or damage to property in connection with the drone flight; and


c) Provide the District with proof of liability insurance with policy limits of at least $1 million and copies of policy endorsements showing the District as Additional Insured, Waivers of Subrogation in favor of Goose Creek CISD , and proof of coverage for injury or damage resulting from the operation of drones, including operation in violation of applicable law.

Drone Flight by Members of the General Public

Drones operated by members of the general public are not permitted to take off from or land on District- owned property. Any drone flights in the airspace above District-owned property by members of the general public shall comply with all FAA regulations, state privacy laws, and local requirements, such as restrictions imposed by local airports and law enforcement authorities.


Additionally, drones shall not be flown:

1. over people (unless specifically permitted by law),

2. in a reckless or careless manner, or

3. in such a manner as to disrupt school-sponsored or school-related activities or the educational process.

Law Enforcement & Public Safety Operations

These procedures shall not apply to drone operations performed by public safety officials, whether or not employed by the District, for law enforcement or public safety purposes.


Nothing in these procedures shall be construed as a waiver or relinquishment of any governmental immunities or defenses on behalf of Goose Creek CISD , its trustees, officers, employees, and agents. Failure of any District employee or student to comply with these procedures and applicable law may result in disciplinary action. The District reserves the right to report any drone use in violation of applicable law to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

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