By Terry Dean
River Forest District 90 has postponed summer school registration, which was to begin on Tuesday, until April 3, following what was initially believed to be a suspected security breach with the district's website host provider.
But it turns out the problem may have been a simple technical problem with the vendor and there was no security breach, says D90 spokesperson Tari Marshall.
An email from D90 about the "security breach" and registration postponement was sent to parents early Tuesday morning. In an email to Wednesday Journal, Marshall stressed that the problem occurred with the website vendor and not at the school district.
She added, however, that the district received misinformation and that the problem was not related to security with the vendor, PowerIT, which is based in Austin, Texas.
"Our site was not in jeopardy and there is no confidential information there," Marshall said.
Summer school registration in D90 was set to begin on Tuesday but was postponed to Thursday while D90's website was temporally down Tuesday morning. It was back up and running a couple of hours later.
"Because summer school classes can fill quickly, we determined that it was best to suspend registration until April 3," Marshall said. "Our technology director was able to suspend the registration function even while the site was down so that it would not be available when the site ultimately came back online. That way those who may not have been aware when the site came back would not miss the opportunity to register."
PowerIT serves K-12 school districts in 25 states, including Illinois. The River Forest school district serves roughly 1,300 students in grades K-8 in three schools — Lincoln and Willard elementary, and Roosevelt Middle School.
To learn more about registration: http://www.district90.org/subsite/dist/page/registration-4378