EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 12, 2013

Computer virus delays Salem report cards

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — SALEM — A computer virus that has baffled school district officials for a week is nearly under control, but will delay report cards by several days.

Superintendent Michael Delahanty said yesterday the district’s computer network problem has been infected by a “worm” that’s prevented school administrators from accessing key computer files, affecting lesson plans and the posting of grades.

“It certainly is a frustration,” he said.

High school students who expected to get their report cards Wednesday will not receive them until next week, Delahanty said. Report cards for younger students will be late as well, he said.

After trying to solve the problem since late last week, the virus was finally isolated to one of several hundred work stations, Delahanty said. He said the situation will be resolved by Monday

The virus was sent in an email that appeared to be an invoice from a company the district commonly does business with, he said.

A consultant was called in to help resolve the matter and prevent future problems, Delahanty said. He estimates it will cost the district $5,000 to solve the problem.

The district’s website had to taken down for several hours earlier this week, Delahanty said.

School Board Chairman Bernard Campbell said Delahanty notified the board of the problem and the district is doing its best to resolve the matter.