|Office of the Attorney General - State of Texas
January 26, 1999
Ms. Laura E. Enriquez-Guerra
Dear Ms. Enriquez-Guerra:
You ask whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 121802.
The Ysleta Independent School District (the "district") received a request for information regarding the requestor's child. You contend that the requested information is excepted from disclosure pursuant to section 552.101 of the Government Code. You have submitted a representative sample of the requested information.(1)
Section 552.101 excepts from disclosure "information considered to be confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision." Section 261.201(a) of the Family Code provides:
The following information is confidential, is not subject to public release under Chapter 552, Government Code, and may be disclosed only for purposes consistent with this code and applicable federal or state law or under rules adopted by an investigating agency:
(1) a report of alleged or suspected abuse or neglect [of a child] made under this chapter and the identity of the person making the report; and
(2) except as otherwise provided in this section, the files, reports, records, communications, and working papers used or developed in an investigation under this chapter or in providing services as a result of an investigation.
The submitted information resulted from an investigation of alleged abuse of a child under chapter 261 of the Family Code. Accordingly, the information submitted as Exhibit B is made confidential by section 261.201 of the Family Code and must be withheld from disclosure under section 552.101 of the Government Code. See Open Records Decision No. 440 (1986) (applying former Fam. Code § 34.08).(2)
We are resolving this matter with an informal letter ruling rather than with a published open records decision. This ruling is limited to the particular records at issue under the facts presented to us in this request and should not be relied upon as a previous determination regarding any other records. If you have any questions about this ruling, please contact our office.
Yours very truly,
Ref: ID# 121802
Enclosure: Submitted document
1. We assume that the "representative sample" of records submitted to this office is truly representative of the requested records as a whole. See Open Records Decision Nos. 499 (1988), 497 (1988). This open records letter does not reach, and therefore does not authorize the withholding of, any other requested records to the extent that those records contain substantially different types of information than that submitted to this office.
2. We note, however, that if the Texas Department of Regulatory Services has created a file
on this alleged abuse, the child's parent(s) may have the statutory right to review that file. See Fam.
Code § 261.201(f).
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