The following is a letter from Ridgefield High School Principal Jeff Jaslow and Superintendent Deborah Low, dated June 21, that was dispersed in the high school's PTSA e-blast on Monday evening.
Dear RHS students and families,
We are sorry to report that recently there was a security breach of our RHS computer system. The students involved in the security breach gained access to a few teachers' computer records of student information and grades.
We were informed of the breach within two days of its inception. The school administration and district technology staff halted all possible further access. All school computers were checked and the records on those teachers' computers thoroughly examined. Our assessment at this time suggests that a very limited number of student records were accessed. Those students and their families have been informed directly.
The Ridgefield Police Department was notified of the situation, and the police are conducting a comprehensive criminal investigation. The students involved in the security breach also will be subject to school disciplinary procedures.
For the future, the district technology staff is implementing increased measures to protect the security of our computer system. Our priority is to maintain the integrity of student records. Although we will work to keep it at a minimum, please be aware that increasing the security measures may have some impact on the use of technology for classroom learning and instruction.
Finally, please be assured that the security breach was not connected to the Infinite Campus portal. The parent and student portals do not contain live data or data that can be altered.
Thank you for your attention and support.
Principal, Ridgefield High School
Superintendent of Schools