The Melissa eMail virus that caused a stir among computer users several weeks ago also highlighted the ability of school technology personnel to react quickly and effectively sidestep a potential computer problem.

Even before the New Jersey man charged with originating the virus was arrested, it was clear school technology personnel were mobilizing to avoid Melissa. Several schools and districts reported they had received Melissa eMail messages, but none was reported to have been infected.

As fast as the virus spread, so, too, did urgent messages alerting people of the potential danger. Some school officials said anti-virus software caught the bug


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