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Battelle for Kids Data Breach

Battelle for Kids Data Breach

The following email was sent to Lakota families to share information regarding a ransomware attack on Battelle for Kids. Some Lakota students' information may be a part of this security breach.

Dear Lakota Parents and Guardians,

As a requirement from the Ohio Department of Education, Lakota Local Schools must upload certain student information surrounding state testing to a third party organization called Battelle for Kids. 

Battelle for Kids has informed us that it has been a victim of a ransomware attack, which has compromised information on some of our former and current students. This information includes student names, state student IDs, grade level, school year, assessment results and other information such as birth dates and schedule-related information such as the student’s class and teacher name. Social security numbers are not shared with Battelle. Battelle has also confirmed that Lakota is not the only district in Ohio impacted by this incident.

The data breach affects the following years and grades:

  • 2011: Grades 2, 4-8;
  • 2012: Grades 2, 4-8, 10; 
  • 2013: Grades 2, 4-8; 
  • 2014: Grades 2, 4-8; 
  • 2015: Grades 2, 4-8; 
  • 2016: Grade 2, 4-8; and 
  • 2017: Grades 2, 4-8. 

While Battelle has informed us that the information that was accessed as a result of this attack is not considered identifiable and does not require legal notification, as your school district, we felt that it was important to share this with you.

We will keep you informed of any further information we receive from Battelle or the Ohio Department of Education regarding this data breach. If you have specific questions about whether or not your student’s information was impacted by this security breach, please email


Matthew J. Miller

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