My son has many doctor’s appointments. Last year we signed HIPPA rights at one doctor’s over to the school, but it was a mistake. The school interfered by making extra appointments, canceling appointments when it was not convenient for them, all without our knowledge.
Now, the school says my son cannot miss a day of school even with a doctor’s excuse unless we sign full HIPPA rights over the them.
You have several questions about legal rights that we cannot answer without more information. But there is one thing you can do now…
You say the school insists that no student can miss a day of school, even with a doctor’s excuse, unless the parent signs over the child’s HIPPA rights to them. HIPPA is primarily to protect privacy. I don’t know how a school could require a parent to sign over their child’s rights under any law.
Get a Copy of the Policy
It sounds like your school district may have implemented a policy about absences – or maybe they are just telling you that this is their policy (an unwritten policy).
You need to write a letter and request a copy of this policy.
Assuming there is such a policy:
- does it apply to all students in the district?
- do all parents have to sign over rights to the school?
Depending on what you learn about this policy, you need to consult with an attorney who has expertise in special education law. This attorney can help you decide what steps to take next.