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CCSD web glitch exposes students' info

Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 15, 2016
A valley mom was shocked at what happened when she tried to log-on to the Clark County School District website this week.
 
Wednesday morning, Rachel Alright logged on to check the status of her two childrens' magnet school applications.
 
"I clicked on the link to check the application, and I couldn't remember my password so I put my email address in. I clicked the 'forgot my password' link, and it only gives you an option to go back," Albright explained.
 
When she clicked the back button on the CCSD site, it opened up a page she was definitely not expecting---it directed her to a stranger's child's account.
 
"I kind of was a little shocked," Albright said. "I didn't really believe it. I had access to some other child's application."
 
Albright had access to their entire application, and even the power to make choices for them.
 
"I could see what schools they had applied to, I saw if they were selected or put in the alternate pool, I had the ability as a stranger to accept or decline a student's first choice magnet school acceptance," she said. "I saw personal information, birthdays, addresses, phone numbers, and ethnicity."
 
Albright logged out and tried again to see her kids' information, but a second stranger's page popped up.
 
"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I was actually pretty shocked. In fact, I took pictures because I didn't think anyone would believe me."
 
Someone else told her this same glitch was happening last Friday, too. Albright called the superintendent's office to let them know what was happening, but never heard back.
 
"If I wasn't an honest person, I could have done some serious damage," said Albright. "It's just scary that something that we're entrusting the school district to handle, and its flawed."
 
CCSD sent us the following statement:
 
"Our technology team is investigating glitches in the magnet application system. We have temporarily disabled the online application until we determine what the problem is.
 
"It's important to note that the lottery for admission into magnet programs has already occurred and is not impacted by these technology glitches as it is managed on a different system. Meanwhile, if parents have an acceptance letter, they can send it by mail or in person to their school of choice. We apologize for the inconvenience."