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Virtual classes canceled Monday for Norfolk Public Schools students due to network services being offline

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Nov 01, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. - There will be no school Monday for Norfolk Public Schools students who are learning from home.

The school district announced Sunday that virtual classes have been canceled due to network services being offline. School leaders say they are anticipating that services will be restored by 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Several systems were taken offline after school official detected unusual activity and higher than normal network traffic. There is no threat to the network, they told News 3.

“We detected unusual activity and higher than normal network traffic and as a precaution we took several systems offline. Once we were sure there was no threat, we started the process of bringing our systems back online," said Dr. Michael Cataldo, Chief Information & Instructional Technology officer for Norfolk Public Schools.

The grading window for the first quarter of the school year has been extended to Monday, November 9 to give students a chance to complete make-up assignments.

Monday will be treated like an inclement weather day, and students will not have any classes that day.

Also, in alignment with the school division’s approved academic calendar for the 2020-21 school year, students will not have classes on Tuesday, November 3, which is Election Day.