Huntsville City Schools ransomware attack; Week 2

Updated: Dec. 7, 2020 at 8:21 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Students attending Huntsville City Schools are still not allowed to use their laptop because of a ransomware attack that began last week.

That’s not stopping students from learning though, traditional students are back in the classroom and virtual students need to pick up packets of coursework.

Information and work packets were available for pick up Monday morning at 7:30.

The principal of Challenger Middle School says a lot of parents have picked up the packets and they’re going to do what they can to make sure every child gets there own.

“I personally will take it to their house if I have to, because they have to be getting the information. So my assistant 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,” said Principal Bo Coln.

District leaders say it doesn’t matter if your child is learning virtually or traditionally, the packets are the same. It’s enough schoolwork for seven days.

“They are picking them up today and then they’ll have the seven days to work on it and bring it back on Monday, December 14th is when it will be back if we’re still in the same holding pattern that were in now,” said Coln.

We talked with Huntsville City School parents to find out their take on this malware attack situation.

“I have three children. All three of them attend Challenger Elementary School. They are in third, second, and kindergarten. It’s definitely a challenge when they are home so I think what that highlights is how critical the teachers are,” said Tony Still.

Tony is just one of the parents that we talked with today. He says he’s grateful for all of the hard work teachers and administrators are putting in.

District leaders tell us conversations are still taking place to find out if the five days missed due to the attacks will have to be made up.

As soon as a decision is announced, we will let you know right here on air, and online.

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