Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Safety vs. Confidentiality
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) should not be an impediment to an effective threat assessment, nor to case management. FERPA protects student's educational records only, rather than observations and direct communications. School administrators, teachers and other staff may share information including educational records with other school officials that have a need to know the information; this includes the members of the threat assessment team. Whenever safety concerns exist, schools may share information with others outside the school such as parents, law enforcement officials, and mental health professionals.