Haywood County Schools will not resume remote learning for students this week due to a ransomware attack.

The cyber attack by unknown criminal hackers has shut down remote learning since Monday as IT staff aided by state experts work through a double-pronged approach: a forensic investigation to pinpoint the source of the attack and determine what's been compromised, while at the same time working to restore the system.

The ransomware attack disabled the school system's servers, internet network and phones.

"The ransomware attack is requiring us to rebuild our entire network and related technology services," Superintendent Dr. Bill Nolte said. "We are using extreme caution because we want to avoid any setbacks when we restart instruction and reopen our technology resources."

There is no verdict yet on when students will resume school. All students had begun the school year under a remote learning model, with the goal of rolling out in-person school as an option for families by late September.

Middle and high school students had one week of remote learning under their belt, while elementary students had been slated to start remote classes this week.

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