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BCPS to inspect staff laptops in order to track ransomware effects

Posted at 1:17 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 17:13:43-05

TOWSON, Md. — While online and in-person learning continues to be closed at least through Tuesday, Baltimore County Public Schools is organizing what they're calling “confidence checks” on staff computers.

The goal is to track which staff members are in possession of school-issued devices compromised by last Wednesday's ransomware attack.

RELATED: Ransomware attack forces Baltimore County Public Schools to close Monday, Tuesday

Any employee found to have a defective device, will be given a new one instead.

As of Monday, the school system said it believed Chromebooks and related google accounts were not impacted but were still evaluating Windows based devices such as HP Revolves or Probooks.

READ MORE: Chromebooks not impacted by cyber attack, students & staff shouldn't use HP Revolves or Probooks

The checks will occur over the next two days.

Teachers will be given specific time slots based on grade level, which will be split into groups based on the schools each are based out of.

Here is a breakdown of when and where each educator is expected to report to have their computer inspected.

Monday, November 30: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Preschool - Grade 2; Special Education Teachers; Related Service Providers; Principals; Assistant Principals, Designated SAT Coordinators and AP Coordinators for only 12/5/20 SAT sites.

Monday, November 30: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Grades 3 - 5; Special Area Teachers

Tuesday, December 1: 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
High School Teachers, High School Special Education Teachers, High School Related Service Providers

Tuesday, December 1: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Middle School Teachers, Middle School Special Area Teachers, Special Education, Related Service Providers

Cluster of Schools: Catonsville HS, Catonsville MS, Catonsville ES, Hillcrest ES, Westowne ES, Westchester ES

Location: Catonsville HS

Cluster of Schools: Lansdowne HS, Lansdowne MS, Halethorpe ES, Riverview ES, Relay ES, Baltimore Highlands ES, Lansdowne ES

Location: Lansdowne HS

Cluster of Schools: Western Tech HS, Arbutus MS, Arbutus ES, Maiden Choice School

Location: Western Tech HS

Cluster of Schools: Randallstown HS, Northwest Academy, Deer Park Magnet MS, Lyons Mill ES, Randallstown ES, Church Lane ES, Deer Park ES, Hernwood ES, Woodholme ES

Location: Randallstown HS

Cluster of Schools: New Town HS, Windsor Mill MS, New Town ES, Dogwood ES, Watershed PSC, Chatsworth ES, Winfield ES, Woodmoor ES

Location: New Town HS

Cluster of Schools: Woodlawn HS, Woodlawn MS, Southwest Academy, Chadwick ES, Powhatan ES, Woodbridge ES, Featherbed Lane ES, Hebbville ES, Johnnycake ES, Edmondson Heights ES

Location: Woodlawn HS

Cluster of Schools: Milford Mill Academy, Sudbrook Magnet MS, Catonsville Alternative, Meadowood Educational Center, Bedford ES, Scotts Branch ES, Campfield ELC, Winand ES

Location: Milford Mill Academy

Cluster of Schools: Pikesville HS, Pikesville MS, Wellwood ES, Milbrook ES, Fort Garrison ES, Summit Park ES

Location: Pikesville HS

Cluster of Schools: Dulaney HS, Ridgely MS, Cockeysville MS, Carroll Manor ES, Mays Chapel ES, Padonia ES, Pot Spring ES, Warren ES, Pinewood ES, Timonium ES

Location: Dulaney HS

Cluster of Schools: Franklin HS, Owings Mills HS, Franklin MS, Owings Mills ES, Reisterstown ES, Glyndon ES, Timber Grove ES, Cedarmere ES

Location: Franklin HS

Cluster of Schools: Loch Raven HS, Pine Grove ES, Pine Grove MS, Cromwell ES, Pleasant Plains ES, Kingsville ES, Halstead Academy

Location: Loch Raven HS

Cluster of Schools: G.W. Carver Center, Lutherville Lab, White Oak School

Location: G.W. Carver Center

Cluster of Schools: Hereford HS. Hereford MS, Fifth District ES, Prettyboy ES, Seventh District ES, Sparks ES, Jacksonville ES,

Location: Hereford HS

Cluster of Schools: Towson HS, Dumbarton MS, Hampton ES, Rodgers Forge ES, Stoneleigh ES, West Towson ES, Riderwood ES, Ridge Ruxton School

Location: Towson HS

Cluster of Schools: Parkville HS, Parkville MS, Loch Raven MS, Harford Hills ES, Carney ES, Villa Cresta ES, Seven Oaks ES, Oakleigh ES

Location: Parkville HS

Cluster of Schools: Perry Hall HS, Perry Hall MS, Gunpowder ES, Chapel Hill ES, Honeygo ES, Perry Hall ES, Joppa View ES, Vincent Farm ES

Location: Perry Hall HS

Cluster of Schools: Overlea HS, Rosedale Center, Crossroads Center, Golden Ring MS, Elmwood ES, Fullerton ES, Shady Spring ES, McCormick ES, Red House Run ES

Location: Overlea HS

Cluster of Schools: Kenwood HS, Stemmers Run MS, Essex ES, Orems ES, Middlesex ES, Chase ES, Seneca ES, Oliver Beach ES

Location: Kenwood HS

Cluster of Schools: Eastern Tech, Middle River MS, Glenmar ES, Victory Villa ES, Martin Boulevard ES, Hawthorne ES

Location: Eastern Tech

Cluster of Schools: Chesapeake HS, Deep Creek MS, Deep Creek ES, Sussex ES, Mars Estates ES, Middleborough ES, Sandalwood ES

Location: Chesapeake HS

Cluster of Schools: Patapsco Center for the Arts, Stricker MS, Bear Creek ES, Grange ES, Sandy Plains ES, Charlesmont ES, Battle Monument School

Location: Patapsco Center for the Arts

Cluster of Schools: Dundalk HS, Sollers Point Technical, Holabird MS, Dundalk MS, Dundalk ES, Colgate ES, Berkshire ES, Norwood ES, Logan ES

Location: Dundalk HS/Sollers Point Technical

Cluster of Schools: Sparrows Point HS, Sparrows Point MS, Edgemere ES, Chesapeake Terrace ES, Battle Grove ES

Location: Sparrows Point HS

Prior to arriving, staff are asked to place a piece of tape on the device with their first and last name, and school name.

Also keep something in your car dashboard with the same information, and wait for someone to provide you with further instructions.