Huntsville school students will not return to campuses for the rest of this week as the school system responds to a computer ransomware attack, the system said today.
Principals, assistant principals, and some operations staff will return Wednesday, and teachers and other employees will return Thursday “to prepare materials for students,” the system said on its website. Curbside meals will be available at some locations Wednesday.
The school system said it is working with local and federal authorities on what is “an active investigation.” An FBI spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the bureau is “involved and working on the case.” No further details were released.
The system said it is working to “determine if any or what information may have been compromised” by the computer system break-in. It said “some families at several campuses may have received phone calls regarding internet access for students. This does not appear to be connected to the cybersecurity threat. As a precautionary measure, these calls have been reported to law enforcement authorities as part of the investigation.”
School families “will not receive any district correspondence requesting their student’s name or personal information,” the system said. It encouraged families “to be extremely cautious in sharing personal information. Avoid opening any emails and do not click on any links from unfamiliar email accounts.”
School system spokesman Craig Williams said today that “education does not always require technology and there is a real possibility of returning to traditional means of teaching – pens and paper” next week as the system tries to get students “back as soon as possible.”