Lyon County School District says schools will open Aug. 21

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YERINGTON, NV (KOLO) - The Lyon County School District says despite a July ransomware attack on its computers, schools will open as scheduled on Aug. 21.

“The LCSD is not locked out,” the district said in a statement Friday, August 9, 2019. “The machines that have been scrubbed are able to connect to the LCSD network. Email is functional. All phone lines are completely operational.”

Some school district computers were infected with a virus in July that restricted computer functionality. The district’s information technology department shut down the network entirely to prevent the virus from spreading and they lost internet, email and telephone service. There was a demand for a payment to allow access to the equipment again.

The district has done two payroll cycles and the information technology department is “diligently scrubbing and bringing every machine back online to our network,” the district said in a statement. “We do not anticipate any disruption for our first day of school on August 21, which will begin as scheduled and without delay. Safety and security systems will be operational for the beginning of our 2019-20 school year as staff and student safety continues to be our top priority.”

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