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
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
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