Cyber attack affecting Hanover Area

Michael P. Buffer, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Mar. 3—A cyber attack has impacted Hanover Area School District and some neighboring school districts, Superintendent Nathan Barrett said Tuesday during a virtual school board meeting.

The district experienced intermittent internet issues on Monday and Tuesday, Barrett said. Board President John Mahle contacted the Army National Guard to investigate with its domestic cyber operations division "to identify where the problem points are," Barrett said.

The district is also preparing for the return of in-person instruction, Barrett said during the board meeting. A hybrid plan that mixes weeks of online and in-person instruction for two groups begins March 22 for all grades.

Hanover Area has provided mostly remote and online instruction over the last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barrett also touted the partnership with community businesses to help promote local restaurants and raise funds for students taking Advanced Placement tests. Each week throughout the Lenten season, the district features a business that will financially contribute toward Advanced Placement students. Pizza Bella in Ashley agreed to donate 20% of sales on Tuesday night to help the students.

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