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Dist. 26 Discovers Data Breach

River Trails School Dist. 26 officials said they became aware Wednesday (July 31) of a data breach that occurred last November affecting student information dating back to 1997.

According to Dist. 26 Supt. Nancy Wagner, the district received a letter from Pearson, a British-owned education publishing and assessment service for schools and corporations, that the company’s data was breached in November 2018. That included some of the district’s student information from AimsWeb, an assessment tool Dist. 26 uses.

Wagner said most of it is directory information, however, some of the information may contain students’ names and birthdates. The student data affected includes first and last names, and in some instances, dates of birth and email addresses. No grade or assessment information was affected, according to Wagner. 

According to Wagner, the district has contacted all families of impacted students for whom they have contact information.

Individuals who are concerned can go on the district’s website or call the district to find out if their data may have been accessed. Also, all of those impacted are entitled to free credit monitoring, Wagner said.

Wagner said Pearson takes its obligation to safeguard personal information seriously. While the district does not have any evidence that any information has been misused, the district is providing the option to enroll in a complimentary one-year membership in Experian’s IdentityWorksSM. This product provides identity detection and resolution of identity theft.

River Trails Elementary School Dist. 26 serves portions of Mount Prospect, Des Plaines and Prospect Heights.


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