Our mission is to provide a safe, respectful, and responsible environment for all students by establishing a stronger partnership between parents, students, faculty, and the community in order to problem-solve and provide fair and proactive resolutions.
Parent input is highly valued and essential for faculty in order to help facilitate school personnel in keeping our students safe and focused on attaining academic success while in school.
Issues of Confidentiality
Since student confidentiality is the law, and maintaining student privileged information is also an ethical practice, please keep in mind that while parent input is essential for helping us to keep the school environment safe, student and parent confidentiality must be adhered to at all times. We value the privacy of each and every one of our students and their families. Therefore, all reported incidents of suspected unsafe behavior will be investigated but final investigation outcomes may not be able to be shared.
Confidentiality Laws and Ethics
In the United States, student and parent confidentiality is the law. THE FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) is a federal statute that ensures that parents have access to their children’s educational records and to protect the privacy rights of parents and children by limiting access to these records without parental consent. FERPA applies to all agencies and institutions that receive federal funds, including elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities. The statute is in the United States statute Code at 20 U. S. C. 1232g and 1232h. The regulations are in the Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R Part 99.
School Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Guidance Counselors, and all other school personnel are required to adhere to strict ethical rules designed to maintain student and parent confidentiality. Confidentiality refers to the ethical obligation to conceal information that would impact any aspect (e.g., social, emotional, or instructional) of a student and their family’s overall functioning at school and in the community.