207.  CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OF STUDENTS - Pg.

207.  CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OF STUDENTS

1.        Purpose

The Board recognizes that certain written and oral communications between students and school personnel must be confidential.

2.        Authority

The Board directs school personnel to comply with all federal and state laws, regulations and Board policy concerning confidential communications of students.

3.        Guidelines

        Title 22

        Sec. 12.12

Information received in confidence from a student may be revealed to the student’s parent/guardian, building principal or other appropriate authority by the staff member who received the information when the health, welfare or safety of the student or other persons clearly is in jeopardy.

        Title 22

        Sec. 12.12

        42 Pa. C.S.A.

        Sec. 5945, 8337

Use of a student's confidential communications to school personnel in legal proceedings is governed by laws and regulations appropriate to the proceedings.

4.        Delegation of         Responsibility

In qualifying circumstances, a staff member may reveal confidential information to the building principal and other appropriate authorities.

In qualifying circumstances, the designated administrator may reveal confidential information to a student's parent/guardian and other appropriate authorities, including law enforcement personnel.

References:

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 12.12

Confidential Communications to School Personnel – 42 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 5945

PA Civil Immunity of School Officers/Employees Relating to Drug or Alcohol         Abuse – 42 Pa. C.S.A. Sec. 8337

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