Children went to a class in one of Alabama’s largest school systems after a cyber-attack shutdown last week but students in Huntsville are working on paper rather than computers.
Huntsville City Schools said in an official release that students still haven’t had access to computers as classes resumed Monday, a week after the first attack forced a shutdown.
Workers spent the weekend classroom learners make copies and generate them to schools, authorities said in a message posted on the system’s website, and students who are not in traditional classes because of the pandemic are also getting paper copies rather than virtual lessons.
Teachers and students are still not allowed to turn on electronic devices.
Challenger Middle School’s Principal, Bol Coln, said that the lessons were picked by numerous parents, and the admins were making sure that the materials were given to every child.
“I will take it to their house if I have to because they have to be getting something. So my vice principal and I will probably deliver a lot of them if they don’t pick them up, but I know we are having a pretty good turn out,” Coln said to news outlets.
Huntsville City Schools closed on November the 30th. The schools have 2,000 staff members, and over 23,000 students. The schools were closed because of a ransomware attack. Because of this ransomware attack, the duration the schools were closed was for a week.
In a typical cyber-attack, hackers gain access to the computer system and attempt to withhold or ruin information until the money is paid out. School officials have not released specifics on the kind of attack that caused the shutdown, and it is unclear what kind of information could be exposed.