BCPS: Virtual learning to resume as ransomware investigation continues

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Greg Ng, Tim Tooten, WBAL-TV 11

Baltimore County Public Schools students will resume virtual learning Wednesday as officials continue to investigate the ransomware cyberattack.

The ransomware cyberattack, which the BCPS information technology department discovered a week ago Tuesday, impacted the district’s website, email and grading system. It forced school offices to close since Nov. 25.

BCPS Superintendent Darryl Williams said the district plans to resume virtual instruction for all students Wednesday.

“We are happy to affirm that school will resume tomorrow for all students,” Williams said Tuesday afternoon. “Our teachers and our staff have gone above and beyond in terms of their dedication, determination and patience needed to successfully weather this crisis.”

According to officials, schools will follow what would have been their schedule for Monday. For a more detailed look at what BCPS has planned for instructional staff and students, tap here.

Williams said instruction may look and feel different and to expect a different experience because of the new platform.

“We have been attempting to reestablish our instructional path so that teachers and students can once again participate in virtual face-to-face meetings and perform the base level of our instruction,” said Jim Corns, executive director of the BCPS Department of Information Technology.

Corns said officials have been working to regain access to Schoology so that students and teachers could log in and reestablish connections with Google so that Google Meet can be used.

“Our students tomorrow will see the same Schoology that they’ve been familiar with. Their assignments are still present, their grades are still in Schoology, their information that their teachers had posted prior to the ransomware attack is available in Schoology for them as well,” Corns said.

Corns said crews have reestablished the district’s website to provide updates to staff and families.

Over the weekend, the district gave the go ahead to safely use BCPS-issued Chromebooks and BCPS Google…