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22 Pa. Code § 12.12. Confidential communications.

§ 12.12. Confidential communications.

 (a)  Use of a student’s confidential communications to school personnel in legal proceedings is governed by statutes and regulations appropriate to the proceeding. See, for example, 42 Pa.C.S. §  5945 (relating to confidential communications to school personnel).

 (b)  Information received in confidence from a student may be revealed to the student’s parents or guardians, the principal or other appropriate authority when the health, welfare or safety of the student or other persons is clearly in jeopardy.


   The provisions of this §  12.12 amended under section 2603-B of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. §  26-2603-B).


   The provisions of this §  12.12 amended February 17, 1984, effective February 18, 1984, 14 Pa.B. 520; amended December 2, 2005, effective December 3, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 6510, 6658. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (288181) to (288182).

Notes of Decisions

   Confidential Communication

   Conversations between an assistant principal and a student are not privileged and confidential under 22 Pa. Code §  12.12 (a) unless acting in the role of guidance counselor. In re McClellan, 475 A.2d 867 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1984).

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