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Parents, guardians, and caregivers who observe behavior issues or are given private information about a student, will NOT SHARE this information with anyone other than the student(s) teacher. They will refrain from giving other parents information about a student’s day, other than their own. It is solely the teacher’s responsibility to share information about any student’s behavior or activities with the child’s parent(s), guardian(s), or caregiver(s).
Under all circumstances, confidentiality about a child’s medical condition and family status shall be preserved unless such information is released at the written request of the family, except in cases where abuse or neglect is a concern. In such cases, state laws and regulations apply.
With prior written informed consent of parents (with legal custody) or a legal guardian, a child’s health records including conference reports, service plans, and follow-up reports may be disclosed or shared with other service providers. Upon request, designated portions or all of the child’s records shall be copied and released to specific individuals named and authorized in writing to receive this information. The originals shall be retained by SSDS.
The Executive Director is authorized to make decisions about the sharing of confidential information, but must also involve the parent(s), guardians or family. Sharing of confidential information is selective and on a need-to-know basis and based on the parent’s authorization for disclosure of such information.