b'HEALTH OR SAFETY EMERGENCYIn an emergency, FERPA permits school officials to disclose education records (including personally identifiable information from those records) without student consent and in order to protect the health or safety of students or other individuals. At such times, records and information may be released to appropriate parties such as law enforcement officials, public health officials, and trained medical personnel. This exception to FERPAs general consent rule is limited to the period of the emergency and generally does not allow for a blanket release of personally identifiable information from a students education records. In addition, the Department of Education interprets FERPA to permit institutions to disclose information from education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter. MAY I DISCLOSE PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE AND IMPRESSIONS ABOUT A STUDENT, BASED ON MY PERSONAL INTERACTIONS WITH THE STUDENT? Yes.Nothing in FERPA prohibits a school official from sharing information that is based on that officials personal knowledge or observation and that is not based on information obtained from an education record. Therefore, FERPA would not prohibit a professor,administrator, or other school official from letting a parent, police officer, or other school official know of his concern about a student that is based on his personal knowledge or observation. State and National Support30'