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    SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE: Student Information Released
    Posted on 11/14/2014

    Late Tuesday night Seattle Public Schools learned that a law firm retained by the district to handle a complaint against the district inadvertently sent personally identifiable student information to an individual involved in the case.

    The district promptly removed the law firm from the case and is working to ensure that all improperly released records are retrieved or destroyed.

    Protection of student privacy is of critical importance, and this inadvertent release of student information is unacceptable. Confidential information about several thousand of our students was improperly released. They are primarily Special Education students. Seattle Public Schools is reporting the release of student information to the U.S. Department of Education and is asking for their assistance in investigating how this happened.

    Seattle Public Schools is looking into the exact extent of the disclosure and will be sending follow-up communications to affected families.

    We appreciate the action of the individual who received these documents in reporting this to the district so that we could quickly move to retrieve the student information and notify families.

    Dr. Larry Nyland
    Interim Superintendent