The district acknowledged that it had tracking software that let it remotely activate webcams on the laptops and view the images. In less than two years, staffers turned on webcams on more than 40 laptops, typically after students reported the computers lost or stolen.
But Lower Merion employees often forgot to turn off the cameras, and the computers captured and sent more than 65,000 images to district computer servers.
The district has since implemented policies banning any tracking of laptops without the knowledge and permission of students and their parents.
The settlements include $175,000 paid to Blake Robbins, a Harriton High School student who exposed the practice in a lawsuit that drew worldwide attention. Two other students received $10,000 last year to settle claims.
Still pending is a related lawsuit filed by a former student, Joshua Levin.
Young, the district spokesman, said he was unaware of any other outstanding claims related to the laptop webcams.
Contact staff writer John P. Martin at 215-854-4774 or email@example.com.