Confidentiality

Confidentiality is crucial at all times if we are to establish and maintain trusting relationships with children and families. Protecting children’s and family’s rights is an essential responsibility for all staff and students and is taken very seriously at the Center. Discussion of Center children and families with non-staff members outside the Center is a breach of confidentiality and may be grounds for dismissal.

The information in the children’s files should be read only by the teaching team in each program. These files are kept upstairs in file cabinets. File contents are confidential and may not be removed from the building.

It is important that all parent questions about a child’s behavior or other issues regarding a specific program be directed to the appropriate teacher. It is every staff member’s responsibility to direct parents to the appropriate person. If you have a concern about a child, please share it with the Director.

As part of our confidentiality policy, parents’ wishes regarding videotaping or photographing their child must be respected. Parents communicate their wishes on the blanket permission forms filed at the beginning of the school year. Parents or others who wish to come in to videotape or photograph their child’s class should be asked to speak with the teacher first.

Staff members should not give parents the phone numbers or addresses or last names of other children or parents. If a parent wishes to contact another family, he or she may leave a written note in the family’s Center mailbox.

The privacy of staff members, including student classroom aides and Early Childhood students, will be respected as well. Parents often ask for telephone numbers of students for babysitting purposes. We do not release student telephone numbers, but will instead pass along written messages to students so that they may choose whether to respond to the request.

Note: In custody disputes, staff members may be asked to talk with a Guardian Ad Litem or an attorney. If this happens, please discuss immediately with the Director.

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