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Marcellus affected by Pearson data breach

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Aug. 30, 2019 -- On Aug. 28, Marcellus Central School District was informed by the Central New York Regional Information Center of an incident believed to have occurred sometime during November 2018, involving the unauthorized access of personally identifiable information from the AIMSweb 1.0 system, a digital learning tool used by the district and provided by Pearson, Incorporated.

Based on information provided to the district by the Central New York Regional Information Center, administrators believe information regarding some students was accessed. The information accessed includes first and last names, the student’s date of birth, and the student’s school email address.

The district is in the process of notifying the families of students who might have been affected.

“Please know that our district is committed to protecting and securing educational data,” Superintendent of Schools Michelle Brantner said. “Our team has training related to data security and privacy, and our systems have controls in place to protect your child’s educational records.”

The district has received assurances that Pearson has taken the necessary steps to mitigate the incident and is enhancing protections to guard against similar events.   

Parents with additional questions should contact Jean Sharlow, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, assessment and data.  

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