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Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) experienced a criminal cybersecurity attack. The privacy and security of student and employee/staff and related information is a top priority for us and we are working diligently to deal with this incident. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
On October 24, 2021, the School District learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. The attackers deployed malware causing the encryption of certain School District systems and files, and accessed or acquired certain documents in our systems that likely contain certain student and employee information. We promptly took steps to secure our network and engaged a third-party cybersecurity firm to conduct a forensic investigation into the cause and scope of the attack.
The elements of personal information of affected students compromised in the attack may have included name, address, date of birth, certain information in the student’s education records, and potentially allergy and prescription information in student files. Student Social Security numbers were not involved in the attack, nor were the credit or debit card number of parents or guardians.
The elements of personal information of teachers/staff and related individuals compromised in the attack may have included: name, address, date of birth, health insurance numbers, Social Security Number, and in some instances financial account information. At this time, we have no indication that any student or teacher/staff and related information has been used to commit identity theft or fraud.
Since discovering the attack, we promptly took steps to secure our networks and engaged an expert cybersecurity firm to conduct a comprehensive forensic investigation into the cause and scope of the attack. We also contacted law enforcement, including the FBI and the Vermont Attorney General’s office.
Prior to the attack, the School District had been in the process of moving applications and files to cloud environments to enhance security, which substantially reduced the impact of this incident. In response to the attack and in an effort to prevent future attacks, the School District changed passwords, deployed an end point monitoring solution, and began the process of upgrading its virus and malware protections.
In addition to doing our best to communicate to the School District community as promptly as possible, we have been arranging for ID theft and credit monitoring services to help affected persons mitigate harm. Please see below for more information on enrollment at no cost. We also include additional information.
As with any data incident, we recommend that affected persons remain vigilant and consider taking precautionary steps to avoid identity theft, obtain additional information, and protect their personal information. Affected persons who would like to enroll in identify theft and credit monitoring services, should call 866-346-4861 as soon as possible. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm eastern time. Please note the deadline to enroll is February 5, 2022.
Again, WCUUSD sincerely apologies for this inconvenience and appreciates your patience as we address this unfortunate criminal attack on our school community.
******* Half days for Students ********
Middle/High School will dismiss at 11:30 and
Elementary students will dismiss at 12:30 on the following dates:
Wednesday November 3, 2021
Wednesday February 9, 2022
Wednesday May 25, 2022
You can find the weekly community letters below:
Celebrating 50 Years of U-32 Cancelled
You may have seen recent posts about Washington Central's Community Fun Night and celebrating 50 years of U-32 on August 23, 2021.
We have made the decision to cancel this event at this time. We hope to hold it at a future date when it is safer for our community to gather together.
Thank you to all who have been part of the planning process and/or who planned to contribute to this celebration in some way. We hope that you will partner with us in the weeks or months ahead when we can hold this celebration safely.
As always, please feel free to direct questions or concerns about our health and safety practices regarding COVID-19 to Jennifer Miller Arsenault or to Maria Melekos, our COVID-19 Coordinator , at email@example.com.
Plan for Moving Forward- ESSER Funds
We have created a website regarding the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds. You may access it here or from the tab above. We encourage the school community to visit the site.
We will provide an opportunity for the community to learn more and ask questions at a virtual public forum on Monday August 23, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The Zoom link is here.
Washington Central UUSD has been drafting a Plan for Moving forward in a post-pandemic era. Below are the working drafts. When it is completed, it will be submitted to the AOE for approval.
If you have questions Jen Miller-Aresenault at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school board approved June 17, 2020 will be last school day for students. U-32 students will dismiss at 11:30 and elementary students will dismiss at 12:30.
Superintendent's Entry Plan
Washington Central Unified Union School District is requesting proposals for Storage and Virtualization Equipment. Proposals are due March 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm. To see the entire RFP, please click here.
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON MARCH 8, 2021.
Important Information for Prekindergarten Registration
Prekindergarten online enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year will open on March 8, 2021. We will begin offering placement to students shortly after March 12th. Here are a few important details for you about enrollment:
If you need help accessing the parent portal, please contact Michelle Ksepka at email@example.com.
We are writing to apprise the Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) community of some new education tax rate estimates for the WCUUSD Budget 21-22. This new information was received after the printing of the Annual Budget Report.
Using the latest education tax information provided by the House Ways and Means Committee, all 5 towns in Washington Central are projected to have a tax decrease for the upcoming budget year. The new tax information uses the budget presented to the voters along with, updated equalized pupil information received from the Agency of Education.
In summary, the equalized education tax rate is projected to decrease by 7.1 cents. At the local level the amount varies using the Common Level of Appraisal. Here is the new information by town showing the decrease in taxes:
Berlin -15.5 cents, Calais -4.3 cents, East Montpelier -8.3 cents Middlesex -1.7 cents and Worcester -5.7 cents.
Please refer to the chart in the Memo for more informaiton: Updated Tax Calculations for Budget FY 21-22 Memo
***Early Release Wednesdays***
Middle school students will be released at 11:30 on the following days:
Wednesday February 17
Wednesday March 10
Wednesday March 24
Wednesday April 7
Wednesday May 5
Wednesday May 19
Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:30 on the following days:
Wednesday February 17
Wednesday March 24
Wednesday April 7
Wednesday May 19
Students in grades 9-12 will dismiss at 2:05.
On August 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension of the summer meals program, under which all US school children are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. The extension will run through the entire 2020/2021 school year.
This means that all families with children attending school in the Washington Central Unified Union School District, whether they are doing so in-person or remotely, are eligible for to receive breakfast and lunch for free.
While we encourage all families to take advantage of this free program to ensure your children are receiving healthy and nutritious meals, students who so desire may still bring their lunch from home. Students bringing their lunch from home will continue to be able to purchase milk. (Milk is included in the free lunch program).
We would also like to remind parents and caregivers to continue filling out and submitting the Free and Reduced Lunch Application to ensure that free or affordable meals are available throughout the 2020-21 school year.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027), found online at How to File A Complaint and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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