Two laptops stolen from Board of Education contractor

By on June 23, 2011

ILLINOIS—Two laptops were stolen from an Illinois State Board of Education contractor on June 7. The laptops contained personal information for 10,000 students and employees who are involved in special education services in 42 school districts, including Kaneland and West Aurora.

Affected families and staff may have recently received a letter from the Illinois State Board of Education on behalf of Harrisburg Project. Harrisburg Project is an external contractor for the Illinois State Board of Education that assists with the collection of student and personnel data for purposes of special education reporting and reimbursement.

According to the State Board of Education, the following information was on the laptops:

• For the personnel records: name, demographics (optional field), Social Security number and/or teacher certification number (one of these is a required field), and work assignment.
• For student records: resident school district, serving school district, serving school, fund code, birth date, name (last, first, middle), student identification number and/or social security number, gender, race/ethnicity, student’s identified disability, grade level, limited English proficiency identification (if applicable), language spoken, bilingual special education (degree of severity, if applicable), related services eligible to receive, educational environment, percent of time receiving services within the general education environment, room and board payer (if applicable), beginning and end dates, and reason for exit.

The information on the computers was password protected. However, if you are among those notified, the State Board of Education recommends that you protect yourself from the possibility of identity theft. The Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline, 1-866-999-5630, has resources to assist you.

The State Board of Education also recommends that you contact credit-reporting agencies to initiate a fraud-alert process. You can contact anyone of the three agencies below and that agency will alert the other two. You may also want to notify your bank in the event that anyone tries to access your accounts.

• Equifax: 1-800-525-6285,
• Experian: 1-888-397-3742,
• TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289,