After Student Privacy Breach, Topeka Schools Changes Policy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Public Schools District says it wants to protect confidential student information, while still making families aware of available financial help.

USD 501 recently learned unauthorized people were able to view information on students who are eligible for free- and reduced-price meals.

District officials said they have since corrected the issue.

Parents already knew students who qualify for the meals got a cost break on textbooks and supplemental fees.

The program has since expanded to include waiving or reducing fees for college prep classes and entrance exams as well as college applications.

To qualify, parents must complete a new waiver of confidentiality form, so the district can share information with service providers.

The district is mailing the forms to parents. It is available at You can read the letter by clicking the link in the sidebar.

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