MCMS DISCIPLINE MATRIX (updated).xlsx
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Morehead City Middle School Guidelines for Disciplinary Action
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Students are prohibited from engaging in the following activities. Consequences apply regardless of whether the misbehavior took place in school, on district property, in a district vehicle, at a school or district activity, or at a school bus stop. The consequences may also apply for misbehaviors which take place at other locations that directly affect school programs or activities. Consequences may deviate from what is listed in the chart, as follows:
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*The administrator may recommend longer suspensions on a case-by-case basis with approval from the superintendent and his/her designee, such as for students with multiple offenses across categories or when a single behavior is particularly severe.
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*The administrator may also choose alternative consequences in lieu of suspension on a case-by-case basis, such as in-school suspension, restitution (to the extent permitted by law), mediation, peer mediation, conflict resolution, after-school detention, Saturday School, and/or others.
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*Any out-of-school suspension will include school counselor notification and reasonable attempts to hold a parent conference (in person or by phone).
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*Principal discretion applies to any and all disciplinary procedures.
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No.MISBEHAVIORS1st Offense2nd Offense3rd Offense4th Offense
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1*Assault: Physical – Assaulting, physically injuring, attempting to injure or intentionally behaving in such a way as could reasonably cause injury to another person. (Policy 4331, section A)
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Upon a student1-3 days OSS3-5 days OSSup to long term suspension
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Upon a staff memberup to long term suspension
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2*Bomb Threat – Making or aiding in the making of a bomb threat or bomb hoax against school system property. (Policy 4333, Section B)365 day OSS
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3Cheating, Plagiarism, Falsification – Individual teachers determine standards for testing situations, submitting projects and all other assignments. Any student who engages in or attempts to engage in cheating, plagiarism or falsification shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the discipline policy.documented warning, no credit for assignmentsame as 1st offense and 1 day OSSsame as 1st offense and 3 days OSSsame as 1st offense and 5 days OSS
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4Communication Devices – Unauthorized use of any communication device, including, but not limited to, cell telephones, cameras, music players or similar devices. (Policy 4318)documented warning1 day ISS1 day OSS3 days OSS
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5Damage to Property – Intentionally damaging or attempting to damage school or private property at any time when policies are applicable. (Policy 4315; Policy 4330, Section B)principal discretion and restitution1 day OSS and restitution3 days OSS and restitution5 days OSS and restitution
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6Dress – Clothing or an accessory that violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school; is substantially disruptive; is provocative or obscene; or endangers the health or safety of the student or others. (Policy 4315; Policy 4316)documented warning and change attire1 day ISS1 day OSS3 days OSS
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7*Drugs and Alcohol - Possessing, using, transmitting, selling or being under the influence of any prohibited substances as defined by board policy 4325. (Policy 4325)up to 10 days OSS and treatmentlong term suspension
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8*False Alarms - Intentionally initiating a false alarm of a fire or other emergency notification system. (Policy 4315)10 day OSSup to long term suspension
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9*Fighting - Adversarial physical contact, differentiated from poking or pushing, in which one or both parties contributed to the situation by instigating a physical altercation. (Policy 4331, Section A)1-3 day OSS3-5 days OSS5-10 days OSSup to long term suspension
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10Food and Drink in School – Students are only allowed to drink water in clear containers. Food is only allowed designated areas such as the café. – except when given specific permission by the principal or teacher.documented warning, discard food/drink1 day ISS1 day OSS3 days OSS
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11*Harassment and Bullying – An act that places a student or employee in actual or reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or creates or is certain to create a hostile environment. (Policy 1710; Policy 1720; Policy 4331, Section C)1-3 day ISS1-3 day OSS3-5 days OSSup to long term suspension
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12Incendiary Devices - Unauthorized possession or igniting of matches, lighters or other devices that produce flames. (Policy 4301)1 day ISS and confiscation1 day OSS and confiscation3 days OSS and confiscation5 days OSS and confiscation
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13Insubordination - Willful refusal to follow an appropriate direction given by a staff member; this, however, does not include failure to complete homework. (Policy 4301)1 day ISS1 day OSS 3 days OSS 5 days OSS
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14PBIS Infractions - For minor PBIS infractions, school staff will make parent contact. Upon 3 infractions with parent contact a student will have 1 day in ISS.1st warning2nd warning1 day of ISS
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15Public Displays of Affection – lingering embraces and acts of touching and kissingdocumented warning1 day ISS1 day OSS3 days OSS
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16*Robbery or Extortion - Obtaining property from another person where his or her consent was induced by use of force, threat of force, or under false pretenses. (Policy 4333, Section D; Policy 4335)3 days OSS and restitution5 days OSS and restitutionup to long term suspension
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17*Theft, or Knowingly Receiving or Possessing Stolen Property – Stealing or attempting to steal school or private property and/or knowingly being in possession of stolen property. (Policy 4330)1 day OSS and restitution3 days OSS and restitution5 days OSS and restitutionup to long term suspension
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18*Threatening Acts- any sign or language that threatens force, violence, or disruption; includes harassment and bullying. (Policy 4331, sections B and C)
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Involving a student1-3 day ISS1-3 days OSS3-5 days OSSup to long term suspension
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Involving a staff member3 days OSS 5 days OSSup to long term suspension
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19Tobacco - Possessing, using or distributing tobacco in district buildings, on district grounds, in district vehicles or at district events. (Policy 4320)1 day OSS3 days OSS5 days OSS5 days OSS
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20Uncivil Behavior – Disrespectful behavior, using profanity, possessing sexually explicit material, lying. (Policy 4310) (Classroom disruption would fall in this category.)1 day ISS1 day OSS3 days OSS5 days OSS
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Involving a staff member1 day OSS3 days OSS10 days OSS
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21*Weapon or Look-alike Weapon Possession – Possessing, handling, using or transmitting, whether concealed or open, any weapon or any instrument that reasonably looks like a weapon or could be used as a weapon. (Policy 4333, Section A)
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Non-firearm5 days OSS10 days OSSup to long term suspension
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Possession of firearm or explosive365 days OSS
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22*Skipping/Truancy – Being out of area, arriving to school without checking in, not checking out prior to leaving campus, being off campus without parent or school consent, etc.1 day ISS2 days ISS1 day OSS
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23*Tardy/Late to Class – Not being in the assigned class at the time the tardy bell rings.documented warningteacher discretionteacher discretionadmin referral and discretion
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Misbehaviors listed in Carteret County School Board Policy Policy 4335, Section C, must be reported to law enforcement by the principal. Other misbehaviors listed below will be reported to law enforcement by the principal based on the nature and severity of the offending behavior. Misbehaviors are succinctly defined in the chart below. Please refer to the designated Carteret County School Board Policy for a complete and proper understanding of the misbehavior. They are indicated above with an asterisk.
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