VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools is addressing a testing information leak that occurred at First Colonial High School last week.
Dr. Aaron Spence advised school board members that a staff member at First Colonial High School mistakenly sent a file to a parent that contained the entire school’s testing data.
According to an email sent by Spence, the parent was contacted by the school and asked to delete the information.
Considering the significance of the information distributed, Spence felt parents should be notified.
The following AlertNow phone call will be sent to parents by the principal Monday evening:
Good evening, parents. This is Dr. Farrell, principal at First Colonial High School, calling to inform you that last week an FCHS staff member unintentionally released SOL Spring testing data, including your child’s name and test results, through an email to one of the school’s parents. The parent was quickly contacted and requested to delete this information. At this time I do not believe that your child’s information will be released or used for inappropriate purposes. First, let me apologize for this mistake. It is certainly something that our staff regrets deeply. Second, I want to assure you that the Virginia Department of Education has been notified and appropriate action is being taken to keep this from happening in the future. If you have questions or concerns about this matter, please do not hesitate to call me at 648-5300. Thank you for your understanding and continued support of First Colonial High School. I look forward to welcoming students back for the new school year.
Parents of students who graduated last year will receive notification as well.