Are high school teachers allowed to throw away any papers with a students medical information on it?

Asked 6 months ago - Riverside, CA

My daughter gave her PE teacher a note from the doctor excusing her from PE for a week. When she gave it to him, he said, "Okay." and threw it away. This document had my daughters medical information on it and he just threw it away.

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  1. Golnar Sargeant

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . HIPAA applies to health care workers, not PE teachers. Even so, schools do try to keep student medical information as private as possible--the teacher didn't discuss the contents with anyone. I understand throwing it away makes it vulnerable to someone viewing it, but there is no law against the teacher throwing away the note. You can complain to the school.

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