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Missoula Superintendent: Corrupted File Led to Confidentiality Breach

The document that was to be sent last Friday was intended to convey notes from a parent meeting

By Dillon Tabish

MISSOULA — The superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools says a corrupted computer file led the school to unintentionally release medical and personal information about students in an email to parents who had attended a meeting about the football program at Hellgate High School.

Superintendent Mark Thane said the document that was to be sent last Friday was intended to convey notes from a parent meeting. However, the corrupted file included 16 pages of confidential information about students. Once the error was discovered, administrators asked the 28 recipients to delete the file.

Thane said Tuesday that while the school’s release of the information was unintentional, anyone who shared any part of it may be subject to state and federal legal consequences for intentionally releasing confidential information.

Thane said parents with concerns can contact his office.

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