Health Information Privacy
HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) requires written authorization from a parent or guardian in order for information to flow between health providers and a school. For example, immunization records require such authorization.
Within the school setting, FERPA continues to govern the exchange of health care information that is contained in the student’s educational record. It is not necessary to obtain a release of information from a parent or guardian in order to share such information with school staff for the purposes of insuring the best and most appropriate care for a student.
Please contact the New York State School Health Services Center at (585) 349-7630 for additional information.