Education, Sci-Tech

Baltimore County Public Schools to be closed Monday, Tuesday

TOWSON, MD—All Baltimore County Public Schools facilities will be closed to students on Monday and Tuesday in the wake of a devastating ransomware attack. BCPS officials issued the following statement on Saturday afternoon: Due to the recent ransomware attack, Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1. BCPS offices will be …


Crime, Education, Sci-Tech

BCPS officials issue statement on ‘catastrophic’ ransomware attack

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials have issued a statement regarding this week’s ransomware attack that has decimated the school system’s technology infrastructure. The attack was reported on Wednesday morning as all classes, both in person and virtual, were cancelled. The following statement was issued on Friday: “Our technology and other central office teams have been working these past few …


FBI assisting Baltimore County Public Schools with ransomware investigation

UPDATE: BCPS officials have issued a statement on the ransomware attack. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Following a ransomware attack that has paralyzed Baltimore County Public Schools’ technology infrastructure, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering assistance. “The FBI takes all cyber-crime seriously and is aware of the cyber-attack at Baltimore County Schools today. Per our usual policy, the FBI …

BCPS closes schools due to ransomware attack

UPDATE 4: BCPS officials have issued a statement on the ransomware attack. UPDATE 3: The FBI is now assisting with this investigation. UPDATE 2: Baltimore County government officials have issued the following statement: “We are aware that Baltimore County Public Schools has been the victim of a ransomware attack. Our Office of Information Technology is working closely with them to …

WEEKLY ZIP CODE REPORT: Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday reported that statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to rise along with the overall positivity rate over the past week.  Mortality rates continued to decline during the same time period. Previous zip code reports can be viewed here. Overall Metrics As of Friday, November 20, 2020, there have been 177,086 cases of novel coronavirus …

Person involved in Parkville BCPS food distribution program site tests positive for COVID-19

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools announced on Thursday that a person involved in the meal distribution program at Castle Drive and Holly Lane (21212) and on Solar Circle (21234) has recently tested positive for COVID-19. Meal distribution from the two sites will continue uninterrupted. Everyone who had close contact with this individual has been identified, notified, and will remain away …

BCPS adjusts meal distribution schedule for Thanksgiving week

TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Food and Nutrition Services will alter its meal distribution schedule for the week of Nov. 23 – 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. On Monday, Nov. 23, three days’ worth of free meals will be distributed to students at more than 300 locations around the county. Meals will not be distributed on …

Perry Hall, Parkville educators to receive district arts awards at statewide reception

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Six Baltimore County Public Schools teachers and one principal have been recognized with district awards from the BCPS Office of Visual Arts through the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA). In addition, two BCPS visual arts teachers have been nominated for state recognition. Since they cannot be honored in person at this time, the Office of Visual Arts surprised the …