SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — Classes have been canceled Wednesday for Swansea Public Schools following a “ransomware attack,” Superintendent John Robidoux announced Tuesday.
Robidoux said the district’s computer network is currently shut down and principals will be calling families to inform them of the closure.
12 News obtained a letter sent to parents of students at one elementary school, which said the network will be shut down until the issue is resolved.
“The loss of network impacts a significant portion of the school day and is much more than just the students using Chromebooks,” the letter reads. “There are countless areas of the school that rely on the network either for functioning or for communication, including our copiers and telephones.”
“We do understand that this is an inconvenience and the district is working diligently to get this worked out so our students can be back in school as soon as possible,” the letter continues.
It’s unclear at this time how long Swansea’s network will be shut down.
Robidoux said the cybersecurity company that’s contracted by the district is working to assess the extent of the attack and more information will soon be released.
Bristol Community College was also recently hit by a suspected ransomware attack.