Interdisciplinary child information teams.
The following persons and agencies operating within a county may, by written
agreement, form a county interdisciplinary child information team:
The county interdisciplinary child information team and the written agreement shall
facilitate the exchange and sharing of information that one or more team members may be able to
use in serving a child in the course of their professions, specialities, interests, or occupations for
the purpose of holding each child accountable, ensuring the safety of the child and the community,
and providing early intervention to avert more serious problems. Information regarding any child
that a team member supplies to other team members is confidential and may not be disseminated
beyond the team.
The terms of the written agreement shall provide for the rules under which the team
will operate, the method by which information will be shared, distributed, and managed, the means
by which the confidentiality of the information will be safeguarded, and any other matters
necessary to the purpose and functions of the team. The terms of the written agreement shall also
provide how the team will coordinate its efforts with child protection teams as provided in
8A-17 and local interagency teams, if any, as provided in
27A-15-54. The written agreement
shall be filed with the county auditor.
To the extent that the county interdisciplinary child information team is involved
in a proceeding that is held prior to adjudication by a court, the team satisfies the requirements of
20 U.S.C. 1232g(b)(1)(E)(ii)(I) of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. South
Dakota school districts may release education records to the team. The terms of the written
agreement, as provided for in section 5 of this Act, shall include a requirement that the officials
and authorities to whom the information is disclosed certify in writing to the school district that
is releasing the education records that the education records or information from the education
records will not be disclosed to any other party without the prior written consent of the parent or
guardian of the student.
Any person serving as a member of a county interdisciplinary child information team
as provided in section 1 of this Act whose action in facilitating the exchange and sharing of
information in serving any child in the course of their professions, specialities, interests, or
occupations for the purpose of holding each child accountable, ensuring the safety of the child and
the community, and providing early intervention to avert more serious problems, is immune from
any civil liability, arising out of any good faith act relevant to participation on any county
interdisciplinary child information team, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.
Any agreement pursuant to this Act shall include a requirement for notice to the
parent or guardian unless the parent or guardian is the subject of an investigation by one of the
participating agencies with respect to the child's conduct or welfare.