Rialto Unified School District is hoping to resume distance learning classes for its pre-K through eighth grade students on August 31. This comes after the district halted classes to investigate a malware attack on digital devices given to students.
“I think the most important thing that we can recognize is that the Rialto Unified School District needs to thank our parental community, our students, our staff members, including teachers who have been very patient and understanding as we have all been frustrated with this malware that is an outside source,” said district spokesperson Syeda Jafri.
Just two weeks into the school year, the district announced the malware attack on Monday and shut down instruction for Rialto’s approximately 25,000 students. Devices given to high schoolers, teachers and staff will be collected this week and replaced in the near future. Elementary and middle school devices were not affected and can be kept.
Jafri says the district’s IT staff has been working tirelessly behind the scenes.
“Our Information Technology[team] has been working day and night to make sure they are going through each of these devices to see what is effected and what isn’t,” said Jafri.
The restart of high school instruction will be announced at a later date.