Hey everyone. I'm a high school guidance counselor (hope it's okay for me to be on these forums as I'm not a teacher). I have a student who is a Sophomore going to be a Junior next fall (school for us ends June 24). This boy has a GPA of 4.4/4.6. About two weeks ago I was notified by our head of the guidance department that his father passed (suddenly- it was from a car accident). He only missed two days of school (apparently his mom wanted a very quick wake and funeral) because it was two days + the weekend which was 4 days. Anyway, I've called him down numerous times. He doesn't show outward signs of grief. He is a very private person. However since his father's passing his normal A grades have dropped to Cs & Ds. Since he missed so little of school his teachers don't realize anything happened. Our high school is an large one so word doesn't spread quickly here. None of his teachers have approached me about his dropping grades and at our HS teachers don't usually call the parents. I, as school policy, am not allowed to tell teachers things the students tell me they do not want their teachers to know (as long as it's not anything dangerous, etc.). Although, in this case I feel like I should say something. Head of guidance has told me if the boy told me not to tell his teachers I can not tell them. I just hate to see his final averages so low when there's a reason for the dropping grades especially when he has such a high GPA. I suppose it's only about 1/3-1/4 of one of the four marking periods of just this year with low grades but still they will have an impact. I know I was told not to tell the teachers but would it be totally wrong of me to slip? Thanks.