Nanaimo school district accidentally sends out student information

NANAIMO – School district said it will be more diligent following an incident where student information was released.

The Nanaimo school district said it will be more diligent following an incident where students’ personal information was accidentally given to the wrong parents.

The district is using the new MyEducation B.C. system from the province and according to Dale Burgos, school district spokesman, on Sept. 8, the district discovered there were issues with printing on student information verification forms.

“It’s new for us this year and you can print the forms from that student information software. Now the thing with that is, when you print off the forms, you can do a two-pager, back-to-back completely fine,” said Burgos. “When it looks like you do a three-pager, what happens on the back of that third page is a new student’s information is printed.”

Burgos said the incident occurred at some of the district’s secondary schools and the issue was addressed immediately, with principals pulling and destroying forms that hadn’t been yet distributed to students.

“To be on the safe side, we always have to follow procedure whenever there’s a potential that [there is] a breach,” said Burgos. “We have to let the [Ministry of Education] know, let the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner know and, most importantly, letting the families know.”

Schools called families to inform them of the situation and asked that forms be returned or destroyed. Burgos said a letter from John Blain, school district superintendent, was sent home as well.

To remedy the situation, schools will now print one-sided individual sheets, said Burgos, and will triple-check to ensure the student information is verified by staff before being sent out. He said it will be a good learning piece.

For its part, the ministry said this was a case of user error. When sending home sensitive, personal information, schools should ensure materials have been printed correctly before sending them out, it said.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Suspect and Mountie bitten by police dog during arrest south of Nanaimo

Two suspects were arrested in connection with a stolen pickup truck in Cassidy on Thursday evening

City to re-name community policing office and keep it open

Council votes 6-2 for city to maintain a presence at Victoria Crescent office

Nanaimo RCMP seek help finding missing Nanaimo boy

Chaas Mearns, 13, was reported missing Jan. 30

Construction set to begin on Nanaimo airport terminal expansion

First phase of construction project to begin in March or April

Duncan family says care home switched mom’s cat with robot cat

Staff alleged to have said they were taking cat for bath, then replaced her with robotic stuffed toy

VIDEO: Buccaneers double up Generals to win Game 2

Nanaimo now leads the best-of-seven series against Oceanside two games to none

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 22

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

More snow forecast to fall Friday on Vancouver Island

Environment Canada calling for 2-10 centimetres on the east coast of the Island and areas inland

VIDEO: Buccaneers double up Generals to win Game 2

Nanaimo now leads the best-of-seven series against Oceanside two games to none

Indigenous elders share history with Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District students

‘Our kids learning their history through elders is nothing that we can find in our textbooks’

Suspected serial killer targeting Toronto gay community now faces six murder charges

Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

Trump suggests more guns in schools to combat shootings

Trump floats two-step plan for gun control: More guns, more control

Second Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

Russian Bobsled Federation states a drug-test sample that pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva gave on Sunday was positive.

Indigenous leaders call for change after ‘system fails’ Tina Fontaine

‘All of us should be ashamed’: Calls for change after jury finds Raymond Cormier not guilty

Most Read