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Wood County Schools midterm grades delayed

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools officials will delay school midterms until later in the month as the school system continues to repair damage from a computer virus.

However, officials say online tools to check grades and allow students to work on lessons from home were not affected by the ransomware and are safe to use.

Christie Willis, director of curriculum and instruction for Wood County Schools, said while midterm grades were expected to be posted today, the midterm release date will instead be Nov. 21.

Willis said the move will give teachers more time to enter grades, and they must access the LiveGrades site outside of the Wood County Schools’ system.

Willis said parents can still check student grades through the LiveGrades system, and other programs which can be accessed from home, such as i-Ready, Aleks and Kahn Academy, are safe to use and were not affected by the ransomware.

The Wood County Schools website at woodcountyschoolswv.com also was not affected by the attack.

Officials are still working to track down the origin of a ransomware virus which targeted Windows-based computers in Wood County Schools.

Officials said it may take days or even weeks to identify and replace all affected hard drives.

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