Confidentiality: Scenario 4

A math teacher and inclusion teacher are discussing a student they have in common. They are discussing this student's academics, behavior, and family situation. They refer to the child by name. This discussion is taking place during a busy lunch period.

Are the teachers violating confidentiality?

Yes, if there are others who can overhear their conversation. Since this discussion is taking place in a public area with a high probability of being overheard by other people, the teachers may be violating the student's confidentiality. The teachers should move to a space where they cannot be overheard.