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I am being reprimanded non confidential student information.

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I am being reprimanded for disclosing non confidential student information. A parent asked why my classroom was changed and I explained that a student with disabilities enrolled in school and needed access to an elevator. No names were discussed no description given and now I am to meet with an administrator for disclosing confidential information.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation.

1) What is your position?
2) What are you asking about this situation, exactly?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am a teacherI want to know if I did in fact disclosed confidential information by explaining that a student with disabilities need access to a room with access to an elevator
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

Well first of all, what is "confidential information?"

You are not bound by HIPAA, since this applies to medical professionals only.

You did commit a civil invasion of privacy arguably, since the element do not fit - see HERE.

So no, not really. At least, not under any legal statute. Now if the school's employment guidelines prohibit disclosing such information regardless of whether the name of the student is also included, it is a violation of this. However, the student's name was never disclosed, so even if against administrative rules, I doubt that this would be very much actionable. It sounds like an overreaction.

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