Legal Aspects of Confidentiality and Parent Communication

For: School Administrators, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, School
Psychologists, Guidance Counselors, Teachers, and Aspiring Administrators
Legal Aspects of Confidentiality
and Parent Communication
Featuring Workshop Trainer
Andrea Bell
Of Stoneman, Chandler & Miller, LLP
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
At the MSSAA Office, Franklin
8:30am to 9:00 am
9:00 am to 2:30pm
5 PDPs
Fees: Member $195/Non-Member $260
Administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, and support staff work with student records on a daily
basis but often do not understand the finer points of privacy and disclosure. The focus of this workshop is
to clarify the myriad of student record laws and confidentiality requirements that impact school operations.
Public records laws, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), state student records laws and
regulations guide schools on what information must be provided to parents. These laws also describe
what information is confidential and when schools may disclose information to a third party without the
consent of the parent or student. This session will also include tips for communicating with parents to keep
parents informed while respecting other confidentiality obligations.
The content features the most important developments from the previous 12 months in Massachusetts
and across the nation.
Andrea Bell is a Partner at Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP. Her practice concentrates on education law,
representing public school districts and charter schools in Massachusetts. Ms. Bell regularly works on matters
involving school district policy development, special education, labor and employment matters, and student discipline.
Ms. Bell provides workshops and trainings to client school districts, and collaborative programs. Ms. Bell holds a
Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and earned her law degree from George Mason University
School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Federal Bars.
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association ~ 33 Forge Parkway, Franklin, MA 02038
Workshop Contact: Michele Blackburn~ Phone: (508) 541-9818 ~ Fax: (508) 541-9888 ~ E-mail:
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Legal Aspects of Confidentiality and Parent Communication
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Fees: Member $195/Non-Member $260
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Earn four additional PDPs (per day) by using workshop content in your school or district! Information on
earning additional PDPs will be included in your workshop packet. Participants may combine PDPs
earned for workshops in the same strand.