Attorney General Jeff Landry is challenging Louisiana public schools and health department

Landry believes the LDH’s case reporting protocols “may be a violation of HIPAA”

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Louisiana Attorney Jeff Landry (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry challenged public schools and the Louisiana Department of Health on Sept. 24 over COVID-19 case reporting and disciplinary concerns.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted Thursday that he believes Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered the state health agency “to have schools report specific healthcare information on your child without your consent! I believe that this order may be in violation of HIPAA.”

The health department recently began publishing the overview of positive COVID-19 cases in public schools and universities on its website.

Aly Neel, communications director for the health department, said “it’s unclear what the AG is referring to. We have vetted this program and it is consistent with state and federal law so that parents can be notified if there is a COVID outbreak at their child’s school.”

The governor’s office could not be reached for comment at this time.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has also begun an investigation into the incident involving fourth grade student Ka Mauri Harrison, who was suspended for six days from the Jefferson Parish Public school system for handling a BB gun while at home during a virtual class. 

“For anyone to conclude that a student’s home is now school property because of connectivity through video conferencing is absurd,” Landry said in a press release. “It is ludicrous for this All-American kid to be punished for taking responsible actions just as it is for his parents to be accused of neglect.” 

Vicki Bristol, director of communications for Jefferson parish schools, said “We do not comment on individual student records. Regarding discipline, it is our policy that teachers and administrators may employ reasonable disciplinary and corrective measures to maintain order.”