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Virtual learning set to resume Wednesday after last week’s ransomware attack

Posted at 3:36 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 05:55:47-05

TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County Public Schools officials say virtual learning will resume Wednesday after last week’s cyber attack that crippled the districts computer network.

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During a press conference Tuesday, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams said parents and students should expect a different experience when students log back into the system and connect with teachers.

“We’re happy to affirm that school will resume tomorrow for all students.” Dr. Williams said.

Superintendent wouldn’t go into details about the criminal investigation but Encouraged parents to look at www.bcps.org for more details.

How exactly will tomorrow’s instruction differ?

Jim Corns, BCPS’ executive director of information technology said students will be able to access Schoology and Google Meets.

We have been able to pivot it the way students log into it so that they can once again reconnect with our teachers,” Corns said. “ we also reestablish our connections with Google, which allows our students to participate through Google meets.”

Many teachers have lost their lesson plans for the entire year due to the ransomware attack.

BCPS employees waiting in line for confidence checks on their district issued laptops told WMAR-2 News they’re confident in the system and look forward to reconnecting with students and staff.

“I think our IT people have been working really hard since they started and they should be commended for it,” said Barbara Jedrzejewski.

“I’m excited to get back to you service and support,” said Amber Cook. “We’ve been missing everybody. I know they’ve been missing the kids and I know the kids are missing their teachers so it’ll be fine it’ll be good.”

BCPS said it has brought in additional IT help to support the school system as they work to get the system back up and running.