GCS: Page High School Employee Accidentally Shared More Than 450 Students' Information

10:46 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- A Page High School employee accidentally shared personal information of about 456 rising seniors, according to Guilford County Schools.

The incident happened last Tuesday. Page High principal, Patrice Faison, said the employee was responding to unrelated questions by a student's guardian and accidentally attached the file containing the information.

GCS said the file did not contain Social Security numbers, but did include names, addresses, telephone numbers, course enrollments, grades, district-assigned identification numbers and other information listed on transcripts.

The guardian told the employee about the file. The employee told the guardian to delete the information, then told officials about the mistake, according to the school district. 

An investigation by GCS confirmed that the information was shared with only one non-GCS employee. "We work very hard in GCS to protect student privacy and data, and we are very sorry that this has occurred," said Maurice O. Green, superintendent, in a statement.

The school notified students about the incident via voicemail and said they are sending letters to inform families affected by the accidental release of information.

GCS said they are evaluating its data-sharing practices to prevent this type of incident from happening again.

Parents and students can call a phone line for more information at (336) 332-0810, or visit gcsnc.com/pagehighdata for more information. The phone line is operation until 8 pm Monday and between 8 am and 6 pm Tuesday.

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