A note about Confidentiality
By law, most of what students share with their guidance counselor is protected by confidentiality. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule which usually pertains to student or school safety. Below are examples of information that is NOT confidential.
- Harm to self
- Harm to others (threats to others safety)
- Others harming students (neglect, physical or sexual abuse or assault, etc.)
- Violations on school property (stealing, using or distributing drugs/weapons, harm to school property/vandalism, etc.)
If you are ever unsure about what is considered confidential, please ask your counselor to review the limits of confidentiality and answer any questions you have. As counselors, our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to share, while at the same time, ensuring both student and school safety.