Does My Child’s School Need to Know About My Child’s Arrest?

One of the first concerns of a parent whose child is facing a criminal juvenile situation is: “Do I have to tell their school about this situation?”  There is no legal requirement that you disclose your child’s situation to their school.  In fact, generally, the fewer people you and your child talk to about the situation, the better.

There are some practical implications of having a pending court case that may result in your child’s school learning of the issue.  One of the main ones is that your child will generally make several appearances in court. Criminal trials are almost exclusively held during times that he or she is supposed to be in school.  You or your attorney can typically get an excuse from the court for the absence. Obviously, the court’s excuse will state that the child was in court. This may lead to more questions from the school.  Another issue is that people (especially juveniles) talk. Should your child start talking to his or her friends about the situation, the facts of what happened or did not happen, etc? Not only could that affect the case, but the word could also get back to school administrators.

If you do not want administrators, teachers, coaches, etc. asking questions and scrutinizing your child regarding his or her actions, you should act with discretion regarding who you talk to about the situation, and encourage your child to do the same.

Written by: Rosenthal Kalabus & Therrian Last Updated : August 22, 2023