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Desert Springs Elementary School students information made publicly available

Superintendent says it's a mistake but legal
Posted at 6:41 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 20:42:33-04

Jennifer Kindred contacted KIVI with a complaint, saying her son's information contained at Desert Springs Elementary School was exposed for anyone to see.  She sent a photo to KIVI claiming it to be of document posted inside of the school window taken yesterday afternoon, which included the students' full names and middle initials, their student number, gender, grade, phone number, and address.

"They published my mom's number. I feel like someone's going to break in," said Taeshawn Kindred, a 4th gader at Desert Springs Elementary School.

His mother, Jennifer Kindred, says she went to the school yesterday at around 4pm to check what homeroom her son would have for the 2016 school year. When she saw his personal information revealed, she attempted to contact the school's principal, Lisa Boyd. 

She says Boyd contacted her, saying she would take the information posted in the window down in the morning.

Dr. Patrick Charlton, the school's superintendent, confirmed the information had been replaced with the usual name / teacher's combinations.

The school confirmed the photo sent to KIVI was accurate.

"We don't want to disclose any more information about a student than necessary," said Dr. Charlton. "In this particular case it was an honest mistake on the part of the principal."

Dr. Charlton cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) saying that the school had no record of a request to the school from Jennifer Kindred stating that she didn't want her information revealed.

Jennifer Kindred said she felt she had informed the school she didn't want her information made public.

The US Department of Education has a complex set of guidelines under which schools may release student information under FERPA.