Balance Student Privacy and Mandatory Reporting When Addressing Mental Health Issues
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Review the multitude of laws that protect student privacy online and offline.
Weigh student confidentiality under FERPA against mandatory reporting duties in cases of mental health crisis.
Master the legal requirements for communicating with parents when mental health issues are suspected.
See how recent court decisions address the limits on school's ability to monitor and restrict student social media use.
Student Confidentiality: Exceptions and Mandatory Reporting
Social Media Use and Student Mental Health: School Legal Duties and Limitations
FERPA: Making Safety Disclosures Without Consent
Schools and Mental Health Professionals: The Interplay Between HIPAA and FERPA
Communicating With Other Schools About Mental Health Conditions
DR. SARAH S. FLOURNOY is an attorney with Brackett & Ellis, P.C. She began practicing in the area of school law following six years as a secondary social studies teacher in a Title I school district and five years as a corporate attorney. She works primarily with both public and private K-12 educational entities on a broad range of legal issues, including employment, student discipline, special education, contracts, procurement, policy development, elections, and open government. Dr. Flournoy earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College; her J.D. degree from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University; and her Ed.D. degree from the University of Houston. She is also a graduate of the Harris County Department of Education Campus Leadership Academy. Dr. Flournoy is admitted to practice in Texas, and holds teaching certificates in social studies composite and special education EC-12. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, School Law Section; Dallas Bar Association,; Texas Association of School Boards;Council of School Attorneys; Education Law Association; Texas Association of School Administrators; Tarrant County Bar Association; and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
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