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St. Landry Parish School system computers offline following cyber attack

Posted at 10:22 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 20:35:01-05

The St. Landry Parish School system is offline following a cyber attack.

All computers and servers in the district have been taken offline and shut down accord to St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins. The threat was discovered around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday and is believed to be a computer virus, according to Jenkins.

Schools on the St. Landry Parish schools network have also been taken offline and faculty and staff will not be using any technology on Wednesday.

The Louisiana Department of Education and the State of Louisiana was contacted for assistance with assessing any damage related to the cyber threat, according to the school system. An assessment is ongoing and no timeline for completion was given.

The following activities or professional developments have been canceled:

-Educator Academy
-Biology Hub Training (Thursday)
-ELPT Testing Meeting (Friday)

Jenkins says the district is taking all precautionary measures in dealing with the threat. No time table has been set on when the system will go back online.

"We've shut down all computers, we've unplugged our servers, and also we've done the same thing at the school level to ensure that if there is any type of threat, that we've minimized it as much as possible," explained Jenkins.

Students will remain in school and phone lines are still working across the district.

KATC's Jamie Angelle spoke with the superintendent on the issues and updated on Facebook.