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Schools in Jackson, Hillsdale counties closed Monday, Tuesday due to systems outage

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Posted at 10:03 AM, Nov 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-15 10:21:52-05

UPDATE Tuesday, Nov. 15| Some schools across Jackson and Hillsdale counties were closed again Tuesday, Nov. 15, due to their continued ransomware investigation.

Jackson County ISD gave another update late Monday night about the outage. The district said that the outage occurred because of a ransomware attack.

The district asked that people refrain from using any school-issued devices at this time.

"Unfortunately, more and more school districts have become victims of ransomware attacks over the past few years, and we are no exception," the update said.

ORIGINAL STORY Monday, Nov. 14 | Schools in both Jackson and Hillsdale counties have been closed Monday, Nov. 14, due to an outage of their shared critical operating systems.

The schools affected alerted families Sunday night to the cancellation saying that their systems like heating, telephones and classroom technology had all been affected by the outage.

Jackson County Intermediate School District staff are working to investigate the outage and restore the systems.

"Because this will take some time, superintendents from both Jackson and Hillsdale counties have determined the best course of action is to close schools for tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022," the district posted on social media.

Jackson County ISD updated families Monday afternoon saying that the outage was due to technology staff detecting "suspicious activity" from a ransomware incident. The staff then proactively took the system offline to "contain the incident."

"We have engaged external cybersecurity advisors to assist in the safe restoration of our systems and to investigate. We have also contacted law enforcement," the update said.

Some of the school districts affected are Jackson Public Schools, Hillsdale County Intermediate School District and Litchfield Community Schools.

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