The goal is to have one central place to report concerns about a student. It will allow us to pull information together, particularly if a student is having trouble in a number of areas (academic, residential living, participation in activities or sports, etc.).
Your information will be provided to all of the team members simultaneously. The Team will meet as needed to discuss the most appropriate next step to help the student you are concerned about. A team member will most likely contact the student.
The team will make every possible effort to protect the student’s confidentiality; however, if the concern represents a significant threat to the safety of the student or other students, or if the student needs emergency medical care, the parents or others identified as emergency contacts will be notified.
The team will protect the confidentiality of the student as much as possible. The team will inform other staff only if necessary to ensure the safety of the student and/or other students.
Any observations or incidents that cause you to be concerned or worried about a student might be something you should consider reporting. The following is a short list of signs which often indicate a person is having trouble and may need assistance.
Yes, and again, with some limitations. If that team member judges the information you share to represent a significant threat to safety, he/she may encourage you to report to the whole team, or he/she may report the concern to the team.
A special note regarding Counseling Services:
Counseling Services staff members are available to the I Care Team for consultation, but are unable to share confidential information about student health and mental health in accordance with federal and state law. Information about a student who is already a client of Counseling Services can only be shared at the I Care Team meeting with written authorization by the student or in an emergency situation where someone's health, welfare or safety are judged to be at risk.