Cyber attack shuts down Fort Dodge Community School District

School is canceled Thursday in the Fort Dodge Community School District due to an outage of phone and internet services after a cyber attack today.

The district started experiencing an outage of the utilities in buildings early Wednesday morning after a cyber attack locked down its servers, according to Jennifer Lane, director of communications and community relations for the district. The district is working with authorities to resolve the situation.

“We’re hoping to get it resolved quickly,” she said, “but we didn’t think it would be resolved fast enough for classes tomorrow.”

Students participating in in-person instruction are excused for Thursday as school officials hope to get the problem resolved by Friday. Since staff rely on internet access to facilitate online learning, students will not be expected to participate in online learning, either.


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