Albuquerque Public Schools

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools says classes will be canceled Friday for a second day after a cyber attack on the district’s student database prompted a near-total shutdown of classes on Thursday.

The district now hopes to resume holding classes on Tuesday, Jan. 18, after the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, the district said in a statement.

Extracurricular activities like sports will continue as scheduled on Thursday and Friday, the district said.

The district was working with law enforcement officials to minimize the damage and stop the attack, Superintendent Scott Elder said in a statement on the district’s YouTube channel Wednesday.

The system stores emergency contact information, records attendance and keeps track of which adults are allowed to pick up children from school. Extracurricular activities like sports will continue on schedule.

The closures affect approximately one in five New Mexico schoolchildren, in what is the country’s 35th largest school district by enrollment, according to 2019 data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

At least one charter school in the district, East Mountain High, was unaffected by the attack, according to Principal Trey Smith. Like other charter schools, its computer systems aren’t connected to the district.

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