Montgomery schools continue on despite network shutdown

Montgomery schools continue on despite network shutdown

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Public School System continues to work through a network shutdown that's forced employees across the district to power down computers and restricted email use. MPS officials confirm an email over the weekend shut down one of the district's servers.

"As a precaution, we asked all employees not to turn computers on today while we worked to ensure that there was no lasting effect," MPS spokesman Tom Salter stated on Monday.

Tuesday MPS officials confirmed there is no way to determine when this system-wide issue will be resolved.  The district  still cannot access emails and the majority of employees have been asked to stay off their computers.

MPS spokesman Scott Johnson confirmed essentials services are functioning, and all employees will be paid this week as scheduled. As for submitting attendance, grades, and handling lunchroom numbers, those tasks are being handled manually.

No MPS official has confirmed what specifically caused the server to shut down and there's no word if malware is the culprit.

The Alabama State Department of Education was unaware of the incident Monday when asked, but Dr. Michael Sibley, Director of Communications for the ALSDE, confirmed the state replicates data with MPS but does not share files.

"As a precaution, we will shut down their ability to replicate with us until they have their files, servers, and website under control," Sibley stated in an email.

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