Personal information about the child and his or her family is confidential and should be shared only with school personnel and other parties who need to know in order to meet a child’s educational needs. Teachers or other school personnel try to gather as much information as possible regarding the child in order to make decisions concerning the child’s educational needs. However, much of this information may not be necessary for them to work effectively with the child. For example, the teacher/school needs to know that you are the resource parent, but knowing that the child’s grandparents are considering adopting the child is not relevant to meeting the child’s educational needs. Be sure to decide, with the child welfare specialist, what the school needs to know. Avoid disclosing information the child welfare specialist determines to be confidential.

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