November 9, 2023: As we shared earlier today, Henry County Schools recently was alerted to suspicious activity on our network. The district began working immediately with our cybersecurity partners and federal, state, and local authorities to investigate. Out of an abundance of caution, we've decided to restrict access to the HCS network. We will continue to have limited access to network and internet services until this situation is resolved.
What is the status of school operations?
We have initiated our plan to ensure continued school operations and teaching and learning despite disruptions to network services. Each school has a plan to execute important processes including checking in and checking out students, taking attendance, and reviewing parent permissions.
Will schools operate tomorrow?
Yes. We will continue with our plan to ensure continued school operations and teaching and learning tomorrow. We are working with our partners to improve connectivity until network access can be restored. Vital services such as telephones, intercom, fire alarm, and buzzer entrance/access control remain operational.
What does it mean that access to the HCS network is restricted?
The biggest impact of restricting access to the HCS network is no internet connectivity.
Can students and staff continue to use HCS issued devices off the HCS network?
Yes. Students and staff may continue to use HCS issued devices and access the internet via other service providers.
When will our systems be back up and running?
We will restore our network to operational status as soon as possible, but until the full scope of the suspicious activity is known, we will continue with restricted access to our network and internet.
We would like to thank our students, staff, and families as we work together to ensure the best possible learning environment for our community.