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Old student records found in Oshkosh dumpster

School district says the records are now secured
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Posted at 5:01 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 18:01:54-04

OSHKOSH — The Oshkosh Area School District said Monday some old student records were accidentally thrown in the dumpster and were later found. The school district says the records have since been secured.

The school district said the accidental record dump was a result of staff cleaning out the former Smith Elementary School. Staff had been cleaning out the former school for the past several months. The school district said in a news release that usable furniture and other items from the school were moved to other schools, while other items were disposed. Among these items included student records. Some materials were shredded.

On Saturday, the school district says a resident found old student records in one of the dumpsters at the building. When staff was alerted about the records, the school district said they took steps to secure the dumpsters and the records.

A school district investigation revealed the records were not supposed to be in that dumpster and had been inadvertently thrown away, the school district says. They were a part of a small number of records that were supposed to be transferred for storage.

The Oshkosh Area School District emphasizes in a news release that the records found in the dumpster have been secured. The school district says security cameras were able to monitor anyone who accessed the dumpster.

"The District regrets that this mistake was made, but can assure the community that this situation is being taken seriously," the news release states.

The school district also says they continue to investigate and review data breach protocols.