A break-in at the Waterloo Region District School Board offices has resulted in the theft of nine laptops that contained personal information.

The break-in happened on Dec. 1 at the Education Centre in Kitchener. Waterloo Region police say the stolen laptops are valued at around $8,000.

In a press release issued Friday, the WRDSB says "highly specialized knowledge would be required to bypass the security to access information."

Nonetheless, individuals and families affected by the theft will be notified, the board says, according to established procedures.

Staff is still working to compile a list of the individuals and families whose information was on the stolen computers and it remains unclear how many will be involved.

Those impacted can expect to receive a letter from the school board that includes contact information for additional details.

Privacy and access policies and procedures are expected to be reviewed in the wake of the break-in, as well as security measures at the board and its schools.