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Cyber attack closes New Mexico’s largest school district

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s largest school district says it’s canceling classes because of a cyber attack.

Albuquerque Public Schools said Wednesday that it will close all schools in the district on Thursday, for at least one day.

“​​The district is working with contracted professionals to fix the problem, and we hope to reopen schools Friday, Jan. 14. However, if the issue isn’t resolved by mid-day Thursday, students, families and staff will be notified,” said district spokeswoman Monica Armenta.

The district serves 20% of the state’s K-12 public school students.

The school isn’t planning on going remote, as it has during COVID-19 closures, but instead is treating the cyber attack cancellation as it would a snow day.

Albuquerque Public Schools has had fewer in-person learning days during the pandemic because of a later-than-average return to in-person learning last spring. But it wasn’t among the wave of districts that announced COVID-19 closures Tuesday and had been expected to remain open.