Latest updates on the Baltimore County Public School System ransomware attack – November 30th

The following was posted on social media by Baltimore County Public Schools on November 29th:

Good evening Team BCPS families and staff,

Our focus today and for Monday and Tuesday is identifying and addressing student and staff device needs so that instruction can continue.

We now know that BCPS-issued Chromebooks were not impacted by the cyber attack. You may now safely use: BCPS-issued Chromebooks and BCPS Google accounts for students and staff. Please do not use BCPS-issued Windows-based devices until further notice. These are HP Revolves or Probooks.

You may access updates from https://www.bcps.org.

As a reminder:
-Schools are closed to students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1.
-Offices are open. Staff will receive additional information.
-Student meals are available on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Thanks again for your support and understanding as we work through the situation.


In a comment on that post was the following:

Edited to clarify: Please do not use BCPS-issued Windows-based devices until further notice. These are HP Revolves or Probooks.

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On November 28th the following was posted:

Good evening Baltimore County Public Schools families and staff,

Due to the recent ransomware attack, Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1. BCPS offices will be open and staff will receive additional information about Monday and Tuesday.

This provides much-needed time for our staff to continue working to set up the instructional platform and to communicate next steps regarding devices.

On Monday, November 30, and Wednesday, December 2, student meals will be available for pickup at no cost, at more than 300 locations as usual, including all middle and high schools.

We understand how challenging this situation is for families and staff, and we thank you for your patience as we work through this crisis. Please note that future daily updates will be available at 5 pm.

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Scott E

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