OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Public Schools confirms the district has shut down its entire network because of a malware attack.
News 9 received an email Monday afternoon from administrators explaining that the district's network was "significantly compromised" by a form of malware.

This morning our district's network was significantly compromised by a form of malware. Although our IT Services Team has been hard at work all day, this issue is continuing to worsen. To help limit our exposure, the district has decided to shut down the OKCPS network completely at 4:00 p.m. today, meaning we will have no access to email. We will, however, have access to our cell phones so we encourage you to reach out to us via phone.

Please note that while we hope it won't be necessary, our network could be shut down for several days. We DO NOT plan to cancel classes for OKCPS for Tuesday, May 14.

This is a fluid and unusual situation, and we will provide you with additional details as soon as possible.

According to NewsOK, OKCPS identified the program as ransomware, a type of malware designed to deny access until a ransom is paid.

The online news source also reported the superintendent was encouraging staff to prepare to get through day-to-day activities and tasks without technology. Those included taking included attendance and even lesson plans.