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Fairfax Schools leak: Personal student info will be removed

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Fairfax County Public Schools Wednesday learned confidential student information from Fairfax High School was leaked and posted online, but that information is now being taken down.

The information included student’s names, student ID numbers and even grades. The records listed students from 9th to 11th grade. Because senior students are graduating, their files are kept separate and that's why officials believe those files were not leaked.

Jack Dale, the superintendent of Fairfax County Schools, released a note to parents Friday stating the court granted a request to remove the personal information. The owner of the Fairfax Underground website says the data will be removed by no later than 5 p.m. Friday.

Creators of the website say it's a free and anonymous forum designed to improve communication between residents of Northern Virginia.

Officials emphasize that while the information is confidential under federal law, it does not show social security numbers or birthdays, which could pose a serious problem for hundreds of students and their parents.

"Violations of student privacy will not be tolerated and those who are responsible for this breach will be held accountable,” Dale stated in an earlier letter.

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