Dear SPS families,
A few days ago I notified you of the inappropriate
release of student information through our law firm and I promised to
let you know when we had more information.
The student information that was given to a parent by
mistake includes directory information on over 7,400 students, including
date of birth, grade and school assignment. The files also include
student identification numbers, special education assignments,
disability categories and special education transportation information.
We believe this information includes substantially all of the special
education students in the district.
In addition, some data on Roosevelt High School
students was released. That information, for smaller numbers of
students, includes discipline data, test results, service models and
scholarship information. At this time, we are not aware that any
information was disclosed about general education students who do not
attend Roosevelt. The district continues to review all files disclosed
by the law firm.
Release of this information is of great concern. We
have severed our relationship with the law firm in the handling of this
case. Although we don’t believe the information been given to anyone
other than the one individual parent, we are taking legal steps to
insure that the student record information is returned.
On behalf of the district, I apologize for this breach
of privacy. Our goal is to contain any further disclosure of this
information and have the data returned to the district and any potential
additional copies destroyed as soon as possible.
We will continue to update our families as we have additional information.
Dr. Larry Nyland