Special Needs Transportation On-Line Training Module. Confidentiality. Can you correctly answer these questions regarding confidentiality?. Is it O.K. to discuss a student with a friend as long as they know the student?
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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Family Education Rights and Privacy ActThere are two laws which govern confidentiality and information access for students with disabilities.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act includes provisions regarding students’ education records and
mandates that related service providers, such as special transportation personnel, have access to student’s Individual Education Plans.
IDEA requires providers keep student information confidential.
IDEA allows parents to sue individual educators and/or service providers for violating a students rights under IDEA.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act is the federal law which governs confidentiality of students’ school records.
The protection of this law applies not only to students with disabilities, but to all students in the school district.
Violating this law can be very serious and
could result in the loss of your job!
School district personnel who work with students may legally access student information that they need to do their job.
So, Bus Personnel should have information they need to provide transportation services specific students.
That is called “need to
That means that you have the right to have information regarding only students who ride your bus and only information related to transporting them.You may not legally get information regarding students who do not ride your bus, or information about your students that doesn’t impact transportation.
Emergency names and contact numbers
Basic information on the student’s disability and how it may impact transportation
AM and PM drop off information and instructions
Information regarding any medical issues or problems
Information regarding how the child will board the bus and what equipment they may need
Any special instructions regarding behavior management and communication needsStudent Information that you will need to safely transport a student includes:
This pertinent information should be present on the student’s Special Needs Transportation bus slip.
Information regarding family or neighborhood situations outside of school if they impact the student’s transportation
Additional information you may share with or request from the school personnel who work with a specific student or Special Transportation as needed includes:
How do you respond?
Note: The rules regarding confidentiality allow you to share information with ESE and Transportation Supervisors who can assist you in doing your job, but where you have these conversations is very important.You risk being overheard by someone unless you talk in a private place.So, the best course of action would be to speak generally, without saying the student’s name or postpone talking to the Supervisor.
Your bus is involved in an accident and school personnel you don’t normally have contact with and emergency first responders arrive. Can you share student information with them.
Yes. In an emergency information may be shared with law enforcement, paramedics and fire dept. personnel. Additional school district personnel may also come to assist. The students heath and safety could depend on information you have.
What would happen if an accident left you or your assistant unconscious?Make sure that lifesaving student information is labeled in a place where emergency personnel could locate it!
A student has been having problems with other students on the bus and his mother asks for the names of the other students, so she can talk to their parents and make him apologize. What do you do?
The best response is to say you aren’t allowed to share that information for any reason. It would be acceptable to pass on a written apology form the students.
A teacher that you do not know at the school you drive refers to a student on your bus and says she’s heard his momma has a new man living the house.How do you respond?
The best response might be to say nothing.If you don’t know who someone is or aren’t sure if they are sharing important information or just gossiping, it’s best not to comment.
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