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Cyberattack closes schools in Jackson and Hillsdale counties Monday and Tuesday

The outside of the Jackson Area Career Center on a sunny day with a school bus parked outside and several people walking in and out of the building.
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Jackson County ISD
The Jackson Area Career Center was among the schools closed Monday

Updated on November 11, 2022 at 6:50 p.m. ET

All public schools in Jackson and Hillsdale counties will remain shut down Tuesday.

The Jackson County Intermediate School District is still looking into a ransomware attack.

It had forced the closure of more than a dozen schools in Jackson and Hillsdale counties on Monday.

Jackson County ISD Superintendent Kevin Oxley issued a statement Monday saying technology staff detected suspicious activity over the weekend. They took systems offline to contain the incident and brought in external cybersecurity advisors. Law enforcement was also contacted.

The statement goes on to say teams are working “around the clock” to restore systems, and operating status updates will be provided when available.

In the meantime, the district says school-issued devices should not be used.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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