Mission: The NWCCD CARE team will assess, educate, collaborate and intervene to support the well-being of the members within the college community.
Purpose: The purpose of the CARE team is to:
- Serve as a coordinating network for members within the college community
- Focus on prevention for community members
- Provide early intervention for members displaying/experiencing distress or engaging in harmful/disruptive behaviors
- Oversees the case coordination and intervention/support plan for each individual case
- Continually review, evaluate and respond accordingly
Confidentiality Statement & Understanding FERPA
FERPA protects the privacy of students’ education records. FERPA does not prohibit or in any way restrict a district employee from sharing what they personally observe. In other words, a district employee would not violate FERPA by advising the CARE Team of what he or she saw or heard when directly interacting with a student, when observing a student interact with others, or when otherwise observing a student’s behavior or demeanor.
In addition, if a NWCCD faculty member notices disturbing content in a student’s writing or artwork, the faculty member should refer this to the CARE Team. Although the student’s writing or artwork would likely be an education record protected by FERPA, FERPA authorizes school officials such as faculty to disclose education records to other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in those records, without the student’s consent. Since the CARE Team is responsible for identifying, responding to, and supporting at risk NWCCD students while simultaneously attending to the needs of the NWCCD community, in these circumstances, the members of the CARE Team would have a legitimate educational interest in examining the student’s writing or artwork.
Protecting student privacy is a high priority of the CARE Team.Â Records and proceedings of the CARE Team are kept confidential and shared only on a “need to know” basis in a manner that is consistent with District policy and the Districtâ€™s obligations under applicable law, including FERPA.
Adapted from the Loyola University and the US Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office