A ransomware attack on RPS 205 networks brings frustration

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR)--- "I am absolutely disgusted that we have criminals in the world today who attack a public school system," says president of the Board Kenneth Scrivano.

Recent studies show ransomware attacks have more than doubled in 2019 and RPS 205 has now become part of the lengthy list.

"As a public entity we want to be transparent as possible but we also don't want to essentially lay out our recovery playbook and weaken our position as we try to get teaching and learning systems back up and running,' says RPS 205 superintendent Ehren Jarrett.

It's only the second week of school and teachers have had to completely rethink lesson plans.

"We had teachers throughout the district who worked very long hours this weekend compensating for that, they rolled up their sleeves," says board vice president Tim Rollins.

The extent of the virus infection to the RPS network has not yet been released, but teachers are frustrated.

"Filters that we have on our email, I used to pride myself on the fact that there wasn't a lot of unfiltered material in my inbox. Now, i can't even keep up with it. It would take me over an hour week minimum to go through all of the junk that gets through our filters," says RPS teacher Kevin Ryan.

Many question if the ransomware attack is due to the switch in email archiving companies that took place earlier this year.

"A couple times a quarter I go down to the office to see if the principal actually sent a particular email and if it's safe to open," adds Ryan.

School leaders say they will continue to provide quality education.

"What we can tell you is that, we feel like we are very confident that we'll be able to have school," says Jarrett.