I am a first year teacher who teaches 2nd. I have a female student who I am concerned about. This is her first year at this school and her records from her other school have not arrived yet. She is late every single day and we have been in school for two weeks now. Today was the first day she was on time I think only b/c the attendance office sent a note home about this. Today at lunch she told me she ate a fish once with the "skin and scales". She said her foster family made her eat it. She then said "me and my brothers had to go to foster homes because my dad's brain is sick".They are back living with their parents now though. I met both parents at open house. They seemed concerned with her well being (but I know that means nothing) I asked her what she had for dinner last night and she said I dont eat dinner. She looks unkept at times. She came in one day with an ankle length down coat (its 90 degrees where I am) with the hood on. She was crying and said "my parents yell at me when I am sick". I am documenting all of this, but my question is should I inform our guidance counselor now or wait? The child is also very clingy and starved for attention.