Monday 4-12-21 HPS Plan Update
Good evening Haverhill families and staff,
I am writing to keep you abreast of our progress in dealing with the cyberattack on our school system. Ransomware recovery timeframes can vary widely and bumps are expected along the way. Our IT team has worked diligently all weekend on recovery efforts, however despite their long hours we hit a snag and are not able to have internet access available in our schools tomorrow as hoped. The lack of internet access will impact synchronous learning across the school district.
Fully in-person learners and fully remote learners should experience minimal impact. We have installed a limited number of hotspots to allow limited access to vital resources and we have regained remote access to our cloud-based platforms, such as Google and online curriculums.
As we noted, the limited internet access in the schools makes wide-spread synchronous teaching impossible. As such we have made the difficult decision that Haverhill High School will be fully remote tomorrow Monday, April 12, 2021. All other schools will operate per our full in-person reopening plan:
HPS Monday April 12, 2021
Students in Grades Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-4 (except those fully enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy) will continue their in-person learning on Monday, 4/12.
- Students attending our Learning for Life, Greenleaf Academy and T.E.A.C.H. program at Bartlett School (except those fully enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy) will continue their in-person learning on Monday, 4/12.
- Students in Grades 5, 6 (except those fully enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy) will begin their in-person learning on Monday, 4/12.
- Students in Grades 7 & 8 – Cohort A & C In Person, Cohort B remote (Cohort D – RLA will continue remote)
- Haverhill High School – Full Remote All Grades
It is possible that we will have some residual issues with phone systems. If that occurs, calls will be re-routed through the central office. Should there be issues with remote learning, particularly for Cohort B grades 7 & 8, our curriculum Department has provided standards-aligned, grade level, subject- specific asynchronous lessons for students.
- Please click here for Grade 7 asynchronous lessons.
- Please click here for Grade 8 asynchronous lessons.
As we continue our IT recovery process, we have been advised that a common time frame for a well-managed ransomware recovery effort is one to two weeks. It is important to state that “recovery” is defined here as getting the IT system back online so the school system can operate. After we are back online and operational, there typically are several more weeks of work to be done making sure the IT management and security infrastructure is effectively more robust than before the ransomware attack. Thank you for your patience. While the process is slow, it must be noted that the rate of progress we are making is impressive. We have an excellent IT Department and we are hopeful that school will operate as scheduled for all grades on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
Margaret Marotta EdD
Superintendent of Schools
Remote Learning “Offline” Activites
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4/8/21 HPS Update
Good Day Staff and Families;
I am writing to provide you with an update on the HPS cyber-attack and our plans for school tomorrow. This is an evolving situation. Our IT Department has been working around the clock and we are making progress as expected. This is a slow and tedious process.
We expect that by tomorrow morning all cloud-based systems (phones, School Brains, email, Google platform) will be returned to working order. However, we will NOT have WiFi in the buildings, as such web-based programs including Google will not be accessible from inside the buildings.
As we continue to move forward, we may need to change course and cancel school again tomorrow. However, as of right now the plan for tomorrow Friday is:
Grades PreK – 4 – In-person learning for cohorts A, B, and C. Remote Learning Academy ( RLA) will return to remote instruction.
TEACH and Greenleaf Academy – In-person learning, students enrolled in remote learning will return to remote instruction.
Grades 5 -12 ALL COHORTS will engage in full remote instruction, due to lack of internet connectivity in our buildings, making synchronous learning impossible.
All Teachers teaching remotely will do so off-site.
We ask all PreK – 4 parents to send a note in your child’s backpack tomorrow confirming your contact number and your child’s mode of transportation home. We are asking this out of an abundance of caution, while we will have access to our information systems, that access will be limited and we want to have quick access to any needed information.
Again, this is a working plan which we feel we can successfully execute based on the information we have at the moment. We will confirm the plan later this evening and will discuss the situation further at the school committee meeting at 7:00 PM this evening, which can be viewed on HC Media Channel 9 or the HC Media website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
HPS Internet Update
Dear Haverhill Staff and Families;
I regret to inform you that due to a ransomware attack on our computer system we will need to cancel school tomorrow for the Haverhill Public School District (PreK – 12). The day will be considered a “snow day” and will be made up at the end of our school year, now Friday, June 18, 2021.
The school system is fortunate in that our IT department recognized very early this morning that something was awry with the system. While it was initially unclear what was going on, the team initiated safety protocols and a shut down the network before large scale corruption of the system occurred.
We are working with our IT consultants, Haverhill Police, and Homeland Security to safely return our systems to operational capacity as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is a large task with many potential points of access which need to be checked before the system returns to normal operation. Currently our system is down, including, email, Schoolbrains, and Google – including Google meet. Our phone systems are tied to our computer networks and thus phones have been down intermittently across the day. The issue applies only to Haverhill Public Schools and does not impact, Whittier Vocational Technical School, Hillview Montessori, Sacred Heart, or students in out-of-district school placements.
Given that tomorrow was supposed to be the first day back to school for grades 2, 3 and 4, we do not feel confident that we will be able to offer the level of information and communication needed to welcome hundreds of students back to new teachers and classrooms. For our older students, remote learning would be impossible as our learning platform will remain down. Grab and Go lunch sites will be open from 11:00 – 1:00 tomorrow at our 4 middle schools and from 3:00 – 4:00 at Haverhill High School. Additionally, we will have the following pop-up lunch sites: 11:45 – 12:15 Fanntini’s Bakery parking lot, and 12:30- 1:00 Haverhill Library parking lot.
We know this is heartbreaking for many students who were looking forward to a return to something near normal. While we are hopeful that school will resume on Friday, we are currently unable to confirm that school will be in session. We will keep you posted.
HPS Internet Update (Spanish)
HPS Internet Update (Portuguese)
HPS Internet Update (Arabic)
HPS Internet Update (Haitian Creole)
Indoor Air Quality Screening Assessment Report
Please see the attached report of the indoor air quality screening assessment performed by TRC Environmental Corporation during the period from January 28th through February 12 2021.
Return to School Calendar
Per the most recent School Committee Meeting (March 25th, 2021), please see attached calendar for the Return to In-Person School Phase-in Calendar starting April 5.
April 2021 Return to Full in Person Phase-In Plan
April 2021 Return to Full in Person Phase-In Plan – Spanish
April 2021 Return to Full in Person Phase-In Plan – Arabic
April 2021 Return to Full in Person Phase-In Plan – Portuguese
April 2021 Return to Full in Person Phase-In Plan – Haitian/Creole