Throughout the day today, our technical team continued to remediate and test our internet system to ensure a successful return to stable, reliable internet connectivity for a seamless transition to onsite learning. As the day progressed, testing began to show some instability with the connection on some devices. Despite our continued work around the clock to return to hybrid learning, we need more time.
Rather than have students and staff struggle with the potential of limited connectivity, Grades 7-12 will remain remote on Wednesday, April 28. As a result of this decision, there will be no state assessments administered for grade 8 students, as originally planned.
Fully remote teachers will also continue to teach from home K-12. Please expect additional communication tomorrow.
Prior to returning to the buildings, there will be more information shared with staff and families about the process to resume the safe use of school issued devices. The district is developing a list of Frequently Asked Questions for students and staff to review before accessing devices in the classroom and school offices. That FAQ is forthcoming.
Update to investigation into cyberattack on district systems
While we are working with a number of subject matter experts, and the FBI, to investigate and respond to this incident, I want to assure you that we are taking all appropriate precautions to restore our systems in a safe and secure manner and we have already begun incorporating additional technology into our cybersecurity program as we move forward.
This new software on district hardware adds a higher level of protection, to reduce the likelihood of an incident of this nature and magnitude in the future.
While tomorrow is not the outcome we were hoping for, the Herculean efforts of our technical team and support specialists to restore stability to our district’s systems continue. We are incredibly grateful for their tirelessness, and for your continued support and understanding during this challenging time.
Marie Wiles, Ed.D.