HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - In-person instruction for all students is expected to resume Monday, one week after a cyber attack disabled the school district's computer network, forcing students and teachers to work on a remote platform Tuesday through Friday.
The school district has yet to release details on the extent of the attack, what was damaged or who is behind it. Students have been instructed to change their passwords. Not yet known is whether any confidential personal information was compromised.
New students who opted for four-day, in-person learning in grades 7-12 are also expected on school premises Monday.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Antunes sent out the following update Friday afternoon:
Good afternoon HTPS community,
"Our methodical work for the completion of the restoration of the operations of our systems will continue over the weekend. As of this afternoon, it is our expectation that we will be able to resume in-person instruction for all students who were attending school as of Friday, April 9.
"If there is a change, you will be notified as quickly as possible, so be sure to have backup plans, just in case.
Important Information for New/In-person Students in Grades 7-12:
"With regard to the welcoming of new students who opted for four-day, in-person learning in grades 7-12, we are pleased to announce that our buildings are ready for this phase-in on Monday, April 19, as originally scheduled.
"Please be aware of the following:
"Be on the lookout for an email from your building principal over the weekend regarding where to report when you arrive at school on Monday morning.
"Busing information may not be available in Genesis until Sunday evening. Please continue to check throughout the weekend. If for some reason Genesis is not available over the weekend, and if possible, the Transportation Department will contact you via email.
"Please be aware that although we continue to make progress and several of our systems are up and running safely, restoration of all systems is not secured quite yet. Barring any additional unforeseen circumstances, we expect to be in school on Monday; however, there is a possibility that we may have to remain virtual. I must emphasize the importance of having backup plans in place.
"As we end this week, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone; students, parents, teachers, administrators and especially our technology team; who have gone above and beyond in making it possible for us to use only one emergency day this week on Monday. The district has been the exception to the rule compared to other districts in similar situations by being able to pivot to all-virtual days for the remainder of the week without a major disruption in learning for students."