Updated Message - January 24, 2017

 

The District is aware of an incident that occurred early Friday morning involving two high school staff members who interrupted the educational process of a first period class in Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School by engaging in a form of personal protest. We take this matter very seriously and have completed our internal investigation 


Please be assured that neither the Board of Education nor District Administration condones such conduct in the classroom in any fashion. It is important to note that each of the staff members involved has since apologized to the Board of Education and the District Administration for their behavior, and for the disruption that they have caused to the educational environment at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. They have asked that those statements of remorse be conveyed to the students, staff and Copiague community.  


While the District believes that all members of the school community must be held accountable for their actions when they fail to comply with expected standards of behavior, we will take into account these genuine expressions of remorse and contrition as we consider the repercussions for this behavior.


The District has received many complaints from concerned residents regarding the behaviors of these staff members. Because this is a personnel matter, we are limited by law regarding the information we can share about the nature of the District’s response. We assure the public that the District is addressing the matter and we intend to bring the matter to a close as soon as possible.

 

We appreciate the information and statements of concern that we have received regarding this situation, and thank the community for their ongoing understanding and support for Copiague Schools.

 

 

Original Message - January 21, 2017

The District is aware of an incident that occurred early Friday morning involving two high school staff members who interrupted the educational process of a first period class in Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School by engaging in a form of personal protest. We take this matter very seriously and an internal investigation is continuing to ascertain all of the relevant factsPlease be assured that neither the Board of Education nor District Administration condones such conduct in the classroom in any fashion, and will take appropriate action in response. 


The District has received many complaints from concerned residents regarding the behaviors of these staff members. Because this is a personnel matterwe are limited by law regarding the information we can share about the nature of the District’s response. We assure the public that the District is addressing the matter and we intend to bring the matter to a close as soon as possible


We appreciate the information and statements of concern that we have received regarding this situation, and thank the community for your ongoing understanding and support for Copiague Schools.