Released student information destroyed

Released student information destroyed
Posted on 11/25/2014

November 24, 2014

Dear Seattle Public Schools families,

As indicated in our last letter addressing the inadvertent release of student information by our now former law firm, Seattle Public Schools obtained a court order to recover the records from the one individual who received them.

We received confirmation yesterday that the individual provided the court with certification that the documents have been deleted and the individual possess no copies, electronic or otherwise. The court certification confirmed the documents were not distributed, electronically or hard copy, to any other individual or party except for a KING 5 News reporter who was permitted to view the files on the individual’s computer. KING 5 has confirmed they did not keep copies of the data.

The law firm that released the records has been terminated from this and all other cases for the district, and replacement counsel has been selected.

I would like you to know the district immediately responded once we became aware of the data release. The district was emailed by the individual at around midnight Nov. 11. Our legal department saw the email at noon, Nov. 12. The law firm responded to district requests for copies of what was sent to the individual at 9 p.m., Nov. 12. By early a.m., Nov. 13, the district confirmed information and that day contacted families.

We apologize once more for this error and are taking steps to prevent such an event from occurring again.

Sincerely,

Dr. Larry Nyland
Interim Superintendent
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