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UPDATE: All Neenah Joint School District schools return to in-person classes, Jan. 13

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WEDNESDAY 1/12/2022 3:05 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) – All Neenah Joint School District schools will return to in-person classes after a ‘technology incident’ the school district had to address.

According to a release, classes will return to in-person Thursday, Jan. 13, after schools were closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The phone system, wireless system, and staff access to digital files are restored, explains district staff, making schools functional for teaching.

Friday, Jan. 14, will remain a half-day for students in grades K-12 and a day off for 4K students.

There will be no school at all levels on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

UPDATE: Neenah Joint School District schools closure continues, following cyber breach

TUESDAY 01/11/21 5:45 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV)- Following a recent cyber security breach, the Neenah Joint School District has extended its closure to Wednesday, January 12.

District officials released new information regarding the District-wide closure on Tuesday, January 11, evening.

According to the release, the choice to continue the school closure is based on the fact that the school cannot meet three important elements. They say, for the chance to return to in-person learning the schools must be able have:

  • A working phone system
  • A working wireless system
  • Staff access to digital files

The District said it will be fixed by Wednesday and allow for schools to return by Thursday, January 13.

ORIGINAL STORY: Neenah School Districts temporarily closed, due to security issues online

MONDAY 01/10/22 6:13 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV)- An entire school district has announced a temporary closure following some digital security issues within its systems.

Neenah School District announced the closure on Monday, January 10, around 6 p.m.

All schools within the District will be closed on Tuesday, January 11, because of potential unauthorized access to the school networks. Because of this incident, multiple technological-based issues occurred District-wide.

According to the release, internet access, phone systems, and numerous software applications were impacted and were offline. District Officials immediately notified both local and federal law enforcement. They also go in contact with “industry-leading cyber security experts” to begin a forensic investigation.

The Neenah School District hopes that its phone systems and other programs will be operational by Wednesday, January 12, so that students and the facility can return to class and continue learning in a “non-digital environment” that could last until next week.

While the investigation is ongoing, right now School Officials believe no confidential information was compromised due to this incident. Local Five will update this story as new details emerge.

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