Wednesday, January 29, 2014

School Board Disciplines Corona del Mar Students

Shortly after 1:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Laura Boss, Communications Director for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District released a long statement for immediate release regarding the disciplining of several Corona del Mar High School Students following the recent hacking of school records and changing of grades.

In the press release, reproduced in its entirety below, the Board voted to discipline eleven (11) students, but doesn't state what that discipline includes, only that "The Board's action imposes discipline upon these students for the maximum allowed by the Education Code for what occurred at Corona del Mar High School."  There had been much speculation about what that discipline might be, including expulsion.

I'll let you read the entire statement and glean from it what you might.  Needless to say, this is a sad day in the history of Corona del Mar High School - which had been riding on a cloud following the undefeated season by the football team -  and the entire Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


Newport-Mesa Unified School District Statement
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Board of Education Takes Action in Corona Del Mar Student Discipline Cases

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education met Tuesday evening in closed session to consider student discipline. Following closed session, Board President Karen Yelsey recited the following statement for the record:
In all student discipline cases, the Board’s main responsibility is to determine the appropriate disciplinary action allowed under Board policy and state law while protecting the involved student’s rights to privacy and due process. As trustees, we are held to a higher standard of confidentiality than members of the public. While individuals may publically comment on specific student discipline cases, we cannot. As such, we cannot provide any specifics of these cases beyond what is shared in this statement, even if those details could clarify misinformation and rumors. 

The Board met in closed session in compliance with Education Code section 35146 to consider the student discipline for students listed on the agenda, and identified by discipline file numbers

In accordance with the provisions of Education Code sections 48900 and 48918, the Board reviewed the expulsion matters before them, and took action regarding the discipline recommendations and agreements reached with these students and their parents.

The recommended discipline and agreements for these students were approved and the vote was as follows: 13-01-76: 4/3; 13-02-76: 6/1; 13-03-76: 7/0; 13-04-76: 4/3; 13-05-76: 7/0; 13-06-76: 7/0; 13-07-76: 4/3; 13-08-76: 7/0; 13-09-76: 7/0 13-10-76: 7/0; 13-11-76: 4/3 

The Board’s action imposes discipline upon these students for the maximum allowed by the Education Code for what occurred at Corona del Mar High School.

Now that this has been read into the official record, let me say that the action by the Board upheld the recommendations of the principal and district administration. The Board’s action also reflects our responsibility pursuant to Education Code to provide continued academic access for all students.

The Board of Education has weighed each of the cases presented this evening on an individual basis and in careful detail. We’ve focused on the cases for hours in closed session. As a Board of Education, we are unanimous in our resolve to ensure the academic integrity of CDM and the District, as well as in delivering justice for the cases before us. We came to different positions on some of the cases, reflecting the individual circumstances as we each saw them. The final votes reflect the due consideration with which the Board has addressed the individual cases before us.

It is our sincere hope that the speculations and rumors regarding student discipline matters can now be put to rest and for the sake of the school community and all involved, these student discipline matters are considered resolved.

While the current student discipline matters have concluded, the lingering effects of the hacking incident at Corona del Mar continue as part of an ongoing investigation. The Newport Beach Police Department is currently seeking to interview the alleged private tutor for his involvement in the incident. The District is currently involved in an intensive audit of all CdM teachers’ grade books so that we can ensure the integrity and accuracy of all posted grades. The District has also taken preventative measures and is implementing a new notification system districtwide to flag grade changes.

Inaccuracies continue to be shared in the public domain about access to student discipline records by college admission offices. Student discipline records are not a part of a student’s regular transcript and are not included in the records sent to colleges. If a college specifically requests a student’s discipline record, they would only be able to obtain it from the school district by receiving signed parent permission. The District will continue to partner with Corona del Mar High School administration and staff to ensure that the rigor and educational excellence demonstrated by CdM’s graduates for decades is not tarnished. Despite needing some time to wrestle with the disappointment of this unfortunate incident, we are confident that the school community will rise above this event.

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Anonymous Casual Viewer said...

Some parents have complained that their children have been singled out and that the grade changing involved more than 11 students. Even though they're guilty, they shouldn't have consequences because not everyone has been caught?

1/29/2014 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

What a mess. The board made the right call.

Not sure what the other students are waiting for if they know others are out there and haven't been caught.

1/29/2014 10:01:00 AM  

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