Rochester, NY asked in Education Law for New York

Q: Are school officials allowed to communicate with parents of students who are 18+ about behavior or grades?

These students are legal adults and I know from experience that doctors may not communicate with parents without written consent. I am wondering if school workers can.

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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

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A: Great question. Private schools might operate via contracts and consent forms. Public schools operate under statutory law, and in NY the age of majority is 18. Thus technically, absent a consent waiver to communicate with others, public school administration and faculty should be communicating only with the adult student about school records. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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