More than half of Safe at Home program participants are school-aged children. School administrators may also encounter adult program participants as students or as school employees.
While the number of Safe at Home participants in one school or district may be small, the employed security measures of the school and district are critical to ensuring the safety of the student and his or her family. The Safe at Home program administration and our participants appreciate California's schools' and school districts' cooperation and partnership in protecting the confidential address information of survivors of violence and their families.
Accepting the Designated Safe at Home Mailing Address
- State, county and local government agencies are required to use the participant's designated Safe at Home mailing address in lieu of a Safe at Home participant's confidential address for public records. (per Government Code §6207)
- Each participant certified by the Secretary of State receives a laminated Authorization ID card that displays his or her name, signature, designated Safe at Home mailing address, four-digit Authorization ID number, expiration date, and the Secretary of State’s toll-free number: (877) 322-5227.
- When the parent, guardian or student participant presents his or her Authorization ID card, the school administrator(s) must accept and use the participant's designated Safe at Home mailing address (shown on the card) in lieu of the participant’s confidential address.
- For emergency card purposes and to establish school district eligibility, the participant's residence address may be required. Records containing a participant's confidential address information should be kept in a confidential location and not shared with the public.
- If there are any concerns, please contact the Safe at Home program at (916) 653-1769.
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Keeping the Participant’s File Confidential
- Student records that may be accessible to general school staff, non-custodial parents, and the public must display the participant's designated Safe at Home mailing address – never the student’s confidential address.
- Student records containing confidential address information should be kept in a confidential location, with restricted access.
- Parents are provided with an informational form (the Student Record Information Letter) to give to the school for placement in the school file.
- If a parent enrolled his or child/children and did not receive the Student Record Information Letter, please ask the parent to contact Safe at Home toll-free at (877) 322-5227 to request the letter.
- Should a non-custodial parent present a court order that grants him or her access to a Safe at Home participant's student file, please be sure to redact any confidential name change and confidential address information from the file before he or she views the file. If contact information is requested pursuant to the court order, please provide the participant's designated Safe at Home mailing address in lieu of the participant's confidential address information. Please also notify the custodial parent of any release of information pursuant to a court order.
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- To verify the enrollment status of a student in the Safe at Home California Confidential Address program, call the Safe at Home office at (916) 653-1769.
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