MPS employees districtwide instructed not to use computers Monday

Updated: Nov. 27, 2017 at 6:57 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After an email shut down a Montgomery Public Schools server over weekend, all employees were instructed not to use computers across the district Monday.

Montgomery Public Schools Senior Communication Officer Tom Salter confirmed 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," Salter stated.

Salter didn't confirm whether the email contained malware that contributed to the server shutting down.

The Alabama State Department of Education was unaware of the incident and confirmed MPS is not required to report issues of this nature. The district maintains and manages an independent server, which does not impact the ALSDE.

Dr. Michael Sibley, Director of Communications for the ALSDE, confirms 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.

Salter expects operations to return to normal on Tuesday.

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