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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Noreen Bush, superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District, said the district will be open and ready for students to start the school year after a cyberattack.

This is the first time Bush or an official from the Cedar Rapids Community School District has spoken of a security breach, which shut down the district for a week on July 4. Documents filed with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office show that approximately 8,790 people living in Iowa had their data exposed.

According to documents, the exposed data includes social security numbers, bank account information, medical information and other personal information.

Bush said attorneys and investigators told the district not to answer questions or speak publicly about the incident, which the district called a “cybersecurity incident,” which explains why the district is not speaking publicly. of the breach of security. She said those attorneys and investigators believed the information could harm the investigation or recovery process.

Bush could not give a timeline on when the district might release more information, but said district IT staff were working around the clock to prepare the school for the year with third-party cybersecurity companies. She said the district is accelerating its efforts to upgrade to the new Chromebook to bolster technology systems due to the incident.

Emails our team of i9 investigators received show that a number of district tools are not working properly since the security breach, including window devices, wireless access for personal devices, in-building printing, scanning, faxing and online education tools.

Shelley Hines, who said she last worked in the district in 2014, said she received a letter from the district explaining her data was exposed earlier this week. She said she was concerned her data had been exposed and was notified three weeks after the district discovered her data had been exposed.

“Where is the communication? Hines asked. “Three weeks later, now look what anyone could do in three weeks.”

She was also concerned that the district still had her data after she left the district about 8 years ago.

State and federal laws require districts to retain personnel records for a certain period of time. TV9 couldn’t find a policy in the Cedar Rapids handbook, but the Glenwood Community School District in western Iowa retains data for some employees until age 60.

Regarding the three-week notification gap, the notification to the attorney general’s office explains that it took the district approximately two weeks to obtain the most recent addresses of former staffers.

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