Ten Point Grading Scale (as of 2016-2017)
F 59 and below
Report cards are given out each nine weeks to notify parents of their student's progress. Our report cards provide room for academic grades, evaluation of effort, and general teacher remarks. Please sign and return your child's report card.
Progress reports are sent during the midpoint of each nine weeks to all students. Progress reports are used as a positive tool to notify parents of attendance, student achievement, improvement, and/or outstanding student performance.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Students with all A's and conduct grades of S at the end of a nine weeks grading period will be named to the Principal's List. They will receive a certificate and be named in the local newspaper.
Students with all A's and B's and conduct grades of S at the end of a nine weeks grading period will be named on the Honor Roll. These students will also receive a certificate and be named in the local newspaper.
Students who maintain a cumulative average of 95 or better for the year will be invited to an Academic Awards Reception.
Homework is an important extension of the school day. Homework will be assigned by teachers as a method to assess student ability. It is the responsibility of each student to record homework in his/her planner and turn in all homework assignments.
END OF GRADE TESTING (EOGs)
State End-of-Grade tests will be administered during May as determined by the NCDPI Division of Testing and Accountability. Students must receive level 3 or 4 on the reading and math End-of Grade tests in order to be promoted to the next grade level.
The North Carolina Board of Education has ruled that the 8th grade End-of-Grade Test in Reading and Math will replace the old Competency Test to determine graduation from high school. It has also been determined that all students must pass the Computer Competency Test to be given in the 8th grade in order to receive a diploma at the end of high school.
Remediation for End-of-Grade tests will be provided throughout the year during Academic Coaching.
GENERAL INFORMATION ATTENDANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The State of North Carolina specifies that a student must be present for 91% of all class meetings in order to receive credit for a course during any grading period. Therefore, students may not have class absences (excused or unexcused) exceeding 4 days per quarter, 8 days per semester, or 16 days per year in order to receive credit for the particular course.
A student who misses more than the allowable number of days in a class each grading period will receive a grade no higher than E (failure) for that grading period in that class. The principal may waive the 91% requirement in extremely unusual circumstances.
Students being considered for waiver must be able to account for all days missed during the grading period with legitimate (i.e. doctor, lawyer, etc.) notes. Students must be in regular attendance to do their best work. We encourage our students to attend school regularly. Students with perfect attendance are recognized and awarded. When students are absent they must bring a note from their parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence. Students must turn their notes into the homeroom teacher. Students without notes are marked unexcused. In the state of North Carolina the only valid/lawful excuses for absence are: Illness or injury Quarantine Death in the immediate family Medical or dental appointments (DR's note) Court proceedings (with documentation) Religious observance (prior approval) Educational opportunity (prior approval) Work on the family farm
STUDENT TARDIES OR EARLY RELEASE
Students that are tardy must have a tardy slip from the attendance office (Room 115) in order to enter their classes. The school opens at 7:45 am. Students must be in their homerooms by 8:05 am, or they will be considered tardy. It is very important that your child come to school on time. Appointments need to be made, if at all possible, to avoid loss of class time. A student will be called to the office for check-out after a parent has signed them out.Early departures from school are detrimental to your child's education and disrupts classroom instruction. No student will be called from a classroom after 2:40 pm except for an emergency. Please do not come to get your child early for convenience. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Students that need to leave before 2:40 pm must be signed out in the Riverwood Middle School attendance office by their parent or legal guardian. Students may not leave the Riverwood Middle School campus without permission. Two unexcused tardies equals one absence from that class. Students must be in attendance until 11:30 am in order to be counted present. Educational family trip forms need to be asked for by the parent or student. The form needs to be turned in to the homeroom teacher at least five days prior to the trip. Up to four days will be excused by the principal if a suitable work product is submitted.- Only one educational family trip form may be filled out per school year.
Parents are asked to pull their cars up to the end of the sidewalk, by the mailbox, to drop off their students. To ensure the safety of every child, students are to exit from the right hand side of the car onto the sidewalk. Parents are not to pull in the middle section of the parking lot to pick up their child at the end of the day. If a parent needs to pick up their child early, then follow the procedures for early pick up. Students may not cross the crosswalk and walk into the parking lot without the accompaniment of an adult. Parents must pick their children up by 3:30 PM. If this becomes a problem, the children will be required to ride the bus.
Textbooks and library books are the property of our state and school. If your books are lost or damaged, an appropriate fee will be charged. A lost book or a book that has been damaged to the point that it can no longer be used will require a new book replacement price. Textbooks are the responsibility of the student. Workbooks, vocabulary books, or planners that are misplaced will also have to be paid for as determined by the school.
Students may transport instruments on a bus, as long as no safety hazards are created, and may keep them in the band room during the school day. Reasonable efforts will be made to safeguard the instruments during the school day; however, the student should put the instrument in the proper area in the band room. All instruments should be taken home at the end of each day. Riverwood Middle School is not responsible for the loss or theft of any band instrument.
VALUABLES AND MONEY
Students should bring only enough money to school for breakfast, lunch or admission to games. We ask that students do not bring large amounts of money to school. Money brought for fundraisers or other special activities should be turned in to the appropriate personnel as soon as the student arrives at school. Jewelry and any other valuables should be left at home. CD players, headsets, electronic devices, pagers, cell phones, trading cards, MP3 players, I pods, and other disruptive objects will be confiscated and kept for parents/guardians to pick up. If a parent decides to allow their child to bring these items to school, then it needs to be understood that a search for the item will not be made. Riverwood Middle School is not responsible for the loss or theft of such items.
The telephones in Riverwood Middle School are for school business only. Students will not be allowed to use the phone without permission. Permission will be granted for emergencies only. Students will not be called to the telephone to speak to anyone. Parents are not to call the school and ask to speak to their child unless it is an emergency. Any emergency messages may be given to our receptionist. Students must schedule all transportation prior to coming to school. Forgetting school projects, homework, gym clothes, etc. does not constitute an emergency.
Lockers will be assigned to students in grades 6-8. The lockers are to be locked at all times. These lockers are the property of the school and are subject to be searched by school personnel at any time.
Breakfast and lunch are served each day at Riverwood Middle School. All food and drink must be consumed within the cafeteria. No food may be taken out of the cafeteria unless permission is given by the teacher. That includes food from the vending machines. Students will only be allowed to go through the lunch line once. Chairs cannot be moved from one table to another. Students must clean off and wipe down their tables. Students in the final lunch block are responsible for putting up puts after tables are wiped down.
FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS
Fire and tornado drills will be conducted throughout the school year. Students must follow the directions of the adults at all times. All people should move to their designated areas quietly and quickly. During a fire drill, everyone must exit the school building.
Everyone is encouraged to use the restroom facilities at the times designated by the teacher. Each student should keep restrooms quiet and clean. Teachers and administrators monitor the restrooms each day. Students need a pass from their teacher to use the restroom during regular block time. Any student discovered or caught writing on the walls will remove the writing off the walls and further disciplinary action may be taken.
HALL PASSES / STUDENT LOCATION
Students must have their agenda hall pass when not with a teacher. Some areas are off-limits to students (teacher's workroom, copiers, and the teacher's lounge). Passes are necessary for the media center, bathroom, office, guidance, gymnasium and cafeteria, etc. Please do not leave a classroom without your teacher or without a pass from your teacher.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Basketball, softball, cheerleading, football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, track, band, and any other club activities are offered for students at Riverwood Middle School. Students are eligible to participate if they are under the age of 15 (excluding clubs) and have at least a "C" average or better.
If a student is assigned an out of school suspension, he/she may not practice or play on that day. Riverwood Middle School athletes must maintain a 91% attendance rate. Parents of students participating in any extracurricular activity must adhere to the student contract.
Riverwood Middle School students may participate in a variety of organizations and clubs. National Junior Beta Club is available to 7th and 8th grade students who have, and maintain, a 90 overall average, and have no conduct grade below satisfactory.
We encourage all students to take an active part in the opportunities offered at Riverwood Middle School. The following conduct shall be prohibited at all times on school grounds and at all school-related events: Profane, lewd, obscene or offensive conduct, including the use of profane, lewd, obscene or offensive language Conduct that creates a material and substantial disruption of school activity or appropriate discipline in the operation of the school or the rights of students Rude or riotous noise or conduct Disorderly or assaultive conduct Defacing public property Commission of any nuisance Threatening the health or safety of others Any other conduct that violates any applicable laws or policies of this Board Students who engage in such conduct are subject to immediate expulsion from school grounds or from school-related activity. Where appropriate, individuals engaging in such conduct may be subject to arrest and prosecution.
Parents and guardians are welcome to visit Riverwood Middle School at any time. Each visitor must report to the main office prior to entering any other area of the school campus to sign in and obtain a visitor's pass. A parent's work number, cell number, and address are part of the sign-in sheet.
Parents are encouraged to visit with the teachers and administrators whenever necessary. Block scheduling allows for flexibility in scheduling with teachers. Please call our school (919) 359-2769, e-mail your child's homeroom teacher, or send a note with your child to arrange a conference or appointment. A parent should make the teacher aware if they would like to visit. A parent can be asked to reschedule if the teacher requests it. Unscheduled, unannounced, and drop-in conferences will not be conducted.
Riverwood Middle School needs concerned, caring individuals with a special interest in children and education. We ask you to assist with testing, field trips, games, dances, and other educational activities. Volunteers will be asked to sign in at our front office and receive a visitors/volunteer tag. Riverwood Middle School recognizes our volunteers each year. Remember that volunteers are required by Johnston County Schools to complete a background check. Please see administration or your child's teacher for a form.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
The Johnston County Board of Education respects a student's right to choose his/her style of dress or appearance. However, students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good school environment.
If a student's dress or lack of cleanliness is such that it constitutes a threat to health or safety, the principal or principal's designee may require the student and student's parent or guardian to take appropriate action to remedy the situation. In addition, if a student's dress or appearance is so unusual, inappropriate, or lacking in cleanliness that it clearly disrupts class or learning activities, the student may be required to change his/her dress or appearance.
Student violations of this policy shall be handled by the principal or principal's designee. The first violation of this policy may result in a short-term suspension from the Johnston County Public School System for up to ten (10) days. A second violation of this policy during the school year shall result in a short-term suspension from the Johnston County Public School System for up to ten (10) days. A third or subsequent violation of this policy during the school year may result in long-term suspension from the Johnston County Public School System for the remainder of the school year. If a third or subsequent violation results in long-term suspension for the remainder of the school year, the superintendent may assign the student to an alternative program approved by the Board of Education.
Principals will maintain guidelines to assist students in determining appropriate dress and appearance for school. Items listed below shall be included in all school guidelines and shall apply to all students. Reasonable accommodation will be made by the school principal or principal's designee for those students who, because of a valid religious belief, cultural heritage, or medical reason may request a waiver of a particular guideline for dress or appearance. Reasonable accommodations shall be made by the principal to accommodate students involved in special duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. This would include but not be limited to athletics, vocational classes and projects, special events, or other activities that would allow for non-conforming dress on school campus.
Clothing must be age appropriate, not disruptive to the teaching-learning process. It cannot be provocative, revealing, indecent, vulgar, or obscene.
Hats, sweatbands, bandannas, or sunglasses will not be worn inside the school buildings.
Shorts or skirts may be no higher than mid-thigh.
Skirts and dresses must be no higher than 3 inches above the top of the knee.
Shirts and blouses may not be tank top, spaghetti straps, or too revealing.
Clothing will not be allowed which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the use of controlled substances, depicts violence, is of a sexual nature, or is of a disruptive nature.
Shirts and blouses must cover the waist, midriff and go past the waistline.
No sagging pants are allowed. Pants with excessive holes are not allowed.
Abnormal hair color will not be allowed (i.e. sprayed blue, green, orange, etc.).
Clothing is not to be sheer or mesh and cannot have excessive holes.
Undergarments are not to be visible.
Clothing must be worn appropriately (nothing inside-out, backwards, rolled up pant legs, unfastened bib overalls, belts must be buckled and worn at the waist line, etc.).
Clothing will not be allowed that is intentionally shredded or torn. Also bedroom shoes and pajamas are prohibited.
Tight clothing such as knit or spandex bicycle/biker pants or overly tight pants are not allowed.
Clothing articles including, but not limited to, gloves, bandanas, cut off pants with knee high socks, unfastened bib overalls, multi-colored shoe strings, wrist bands, hats, hair nets, excessively long belts, belt buckles stamped with a letter, in memory of shirts, professional teams clothing or jewelry commonly recognized as being related to a group or gang which provoke others to act violently or be intimidated by fear of violence shall not be worn on the campus or at any school activity.
There shall be no jewelry affixed to a student's nose, tongue, lips, cheek or eyebrow. There will be "no exceptions."
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY CODE 912
Since an educated citizenry is essential to good government and can be attained only in an atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning, the Johnston County Board of Education requires the maintenance of good order in the schools. All students shall comply with this policy, state and federal laws, school board policies, and local school rules governing student behavior and conduct. This policy applies to any student who is on school property, including school bus stops, who is in attendance at any school or any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline or protecting the safety and welfare of students or staff in the schools. This policy also applies to regular school buses, school activity buses, other school vehicles, or any private vehicle located on property owned by the Johnston County Board of Education. It should be understood that the policy is not intended to restrict in any way the authority of principals to make such rules, not inconsistent with this code, as they are authorized by law to make for the government and operation of their respective schools or with the authority of teachers to make such rules, not inconsistent with this code, as they are authorized by law to make for their respective classes. Students shall comply with the directions of principals, teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, teacher assistants, bus drivers, and all other school personnel who are authorized to give such directions, during any period of time when they are subject to the authority of such school personnel. Violations of this policy, other board policies, regulations issued by the individual school, or North Carolina General Statutes may result in disciplinary action including suspensions for ten (10) days or less ("short term"); suspension for the remainder of the school year ("long term"); and/or suspension for up to 365 calendar days. This policy also addresses the possible assignment to an alternative program approved by the Board of Education for certain violations. All such assignments by the Superintendent will be made on a case by case basis and shall only be done under conditions of probation. Two levels of appeal exist for a recommendation of long-term suspension. They are an appeal to the superintendent or the superintendent's designee and an appeal to the Board of Education. Principals and other school officials are authorized to involve law enforcement in serious violations in any category and are required to involve law enforcement in certain alleged criminal acts. In such cases, school officials shall cooperate fully with the law enforcement agency. Internal disciplinary proceedings shall take place independently from the criminal investigation and prosecution. LEVEL ONE VIOLATIONS - The following conduct is prohibited as outlined below: 1. Gambling- Participation in any unauthorized event, action, or statement which relies on chances for the monetary advantage of one participant at the expense of others. 2. Verbal Abuse/Disrespect- Participation in serious or persistent verbal action that prevents an orderly and peaceful learning environment. Cursing, using vulgar, obscene, or abusive language including slurs or insults intended to mock a person's race, religion, sex, national origin, disability or intellectual ability or using sexually offensive or degrading language, are specifically prohibited. 3. Peer Relations- Engaging in behavior, which is immoral, indecent, overly affectionate, or of a sexual nature while in the school setting or engaging in sexually harassing behavior toward another student 4. Integrity- Engaging in or attempting to engage in cheating, plagiarism, falsification, violation of software copyright laws, or violation of computer access. Students are subject to disciplinary action and/or academic penalty. 5. Disruption- Using passive resistance, noise, threat, fear, intimidation, coercion, force, violence, or any other form of conduct that causes the disruption of any lawful function, mission, or process of the school, or urging any other student to engage in such conduct. 6. Threats- Directing toward any person within the school context any language, sign, or act which constitutes a threat of force or violence, or a disruption of the educational process. 7. Hazing- Requiring a fellow student to wear abnormal dress, playing abusive or ridiculous tricks on a fellow student, frightening, scolding, swearing, harassing, or subjecting a fellow student to personal indignity. 8. Intimidation- Attempting to extort money, personal property, or personal services. 9. Protests- Engaging in any protest, march, picket, sit-in, or similar activity, which has as its purpose the disruption of any lawful function, mission, or process of the school. 10. Boycotts- Participating in any boycotts or walkout of any lawful school function at which attendance is required. 11. Disruptive or Obscene Literature and Illustrations- Possessing or distributing literature or illustrations that are obscene or that significantly disrupt the educational process. 12. Fighting- Hitting, shoving, scratching, biting, blocking the passage of, or throwing objects at another person. Taking any action or making comments or written messages, which might reasonably be expected to result in a fight. 13. Theft- Stealing, attempting to steal, or knowingly be in possession of stolen property. 14. Damage to Property- Intentionally damaging or attempting to damage or deface school or private property while under school jurisdiction. This level applies to damages or vandalism not exceeding $1,000, including costs of replacement, repair and/or restoration of property. 15. Tobacco Products- Using or possessing any tobacco product in any school building or school bus at any time or on the school premises during the school day if under the age of eighteen (18). Students eighteen years of age and older may use tobacco products on school premises according to the time, place, and conditions approved by the school principal, in accordance with State and Federal laws and regulations. 16. Trespassing- Being on the campus of any school except the one to which the student is assigned during the school day without the knowledge and consent of the officials of that school. Students who loiter at any school after the close of the school day without special need or proper supervision are trespassers and may be prosecuted if they fail to leave when instructed to do so. A student who has been suspended from school is trespassing if he or she appears on the property of any Johnston County school during the suspension period without the express permission of the principal. 17. Conduct on the School Bus- Failing to follow the directives of their school bus driver and the rules and regulations of school bus safety as well as the rules of this policy while at a school bus stop, or in the school bus parking lot, or while riding on a school bus or other school vehicle. Violation of these rules may result in temporary or permanent suspension from the privilege of school transportation services as well as from school. 18. Skipping School- Leaving school grounds during the instructional day without prior approval from a site administrator. Penalty- The first violation of any of the Level One offenses may result in short-term suspension from the Johnston County Public School System for up to ten (10) days. A second violation of a Level One offense during a school year may result in the Superintendent assigning the student an alternative program approved by the Board of Education or a long-term suspension from the Johnston County Public School System for the remainder of the school year. All such assignments by the superintendent will be made on a case-by-case basis and shall only be done under conditions of probation. LEVEL TWO VIOLATIONS- The following conduct is prohibited as outlined below: 1. Fireworks or Ammunition- Possessing, distributing, igniting or using any fireworks or ammunition on school premises, or in any vehicles on school premises. 2. Assault on Another Student- Assaulting or attacking or causing or attempting to cause physical injury to another student or intentionally behaving in such a manner that could reasonably cause physical injury to any student. 3. Attempted Assault on a School Employee- Attempting to cause physical injury to a school employee or school volunteer, or behaving in such a manner that could reasonably cause physical injury to any school employee or school volunteer. 4. Possession of Weapons other than Firearms- Possessing, handling, transferring or bringing on to school property any items including but not limited to knife, razor, BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, sling shot, blackjack, brass knuckles or facsimile or other item that could be considered a weapon or dangerous instrument. 5. Fire Alarms- Setting off, attempting to set off, or aiding and abetting anyone in giving a false fire alarm. It shall also be prohibited to interfere with or damage any part of a fire alarm, fire detection, smoke detection, or fire extinguishing system. 6. Failure to Comply with Lawful Directive- Failing to follow a directive after being personally notified by any school employee. 7. Threats- Threats of death or serious bodily injury communicated toward any student, school employee, or school volunteer by verbal, written or other communication. 8. Damage to Property and Vandalism- Intentionally damaging or vandalizing or attempting to damage or vandalize, or deface school property or private property, while located on any properties owned by the Johnston County Board of Education. This level applies to damages or vandalism exceeding $1,000, including costs of replacement, repair and/or restoration of property. 9. Sexual Assault or Sexual Acts- Engaging in any sexual act (whether consensual or not), offensively touching another person's private parts, including buttocks or breasts, or forcing or attempting to force another to engage in a sexual act against their will. Penalty - For the first violation of any of the Level Two provisions, a student shall be short-term suspended or may result in the superintendent assigning the student to an alternative program approved by the board of education or be long-term suspended from the Johnston County Public School System for the remainder of the school year. All such assignments by the superintendent will be made on a case-by-case basis and shall only be done under conditions of probation. LEVEL THREE VIOLATIONS- The following conduct is prohibited as outlined below: 1. Arson- Burning or attempting to burn any school building or property. Possessing incendiary material, (i.e. gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquid) for the purpose of burning or the attempted burning of school property. 2. Use of a Weapon- Using in a threatening or dangerous manner any weapon or other object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or a facsimile of a weapon. 3. Drugs or Alcohol- Knowingly possessing, using, transmitting, selling, or conspiring or attempting to transmit or sell, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid, other controlled substance, any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, fortified wine, other intoxicating liquor, drug paraphernalia, counterfeit drugs, or inhale or ingest any chemicals or products with the intention of altering the student's mood or behavior. Penalty - For violation of numbers one (1), two (2), of the Level Three provision, a student shall be long-term suspended from the Johnston County Public School System for the remainder of the school year. Students who violate number three (3) of the Level Three provision shall initially be suspended from the Johnston County Public School System for the remainder of the school year. The principal shall do an investigation, and the findings of fact shall be presented to the superintendent's designee. The findings of fact shall be presented in writing and should include any substantial and reliable evidence. The use of reliable hearsay evidence shall be admissible. The superintendent's designee shall use the findings of fact to determine whether the suspension should be short-term. Criteria or factors to be considered in determining whether the suspension should be short-term are as follows: (a) Prior disciplinary or criminal record of the student. (b) Type of Federal Legend drug (i.e. prescription), controlled substance, or alcoholic beverage involved in the violation. (c) Amount of Federal Legend drug, controlled substance, or alcoholic beverage involved in the violation. (d) Age and/or grade of the student. (e) The level of participation at which the student was involved in the violation. (f) Documentation of prior violation(s) of board policy or violation(s) of criminal law occurring while the student was enrolled at any school, inside or outside of Johnston County. (g) Any other relevant mitigating factor(s) that can be documented by the principal, which would have a bearing on the length of the suspension. If the superintendent's designee determines that the violation warrants only a short-term suspension, the student shall be placed on probation for the remainder of the school year. If the superintendent's designee determines that a short-term suspension is not warranted, or the student bought, sold, or was actively involved in any transaction involving the buying or selling of any Federal Legend drug, controlled substance, or alcoholic beverage, one of the following provisions will apply: (1) The student shall be assigned by the superintendent, on a case by case basis, to an alternative program approved by the board of education; or (2) The student shall be long-term suspended from the Johnston County Public School System for the remainder of the school year. The student shall be placed on probation with the written consent of the student and his or her parent or guardian. If the student and parent or guardian refuses to sign the probationary agreement, the student shall be long-term suspended for the remainder of the year. If after signing the probationary agreement, the student violates any condition of the agreement, the long-term suspension will be invoked. Level Four Violations - The following conduct is prohibited as outlined below: 1. Possession or Use of a Firearm- Possessing, handling, using, transferring or bringing onto educational property, or to a school-sponsored curricular or extracurricular activity off of educational property, a firearm. 2. Bomb Threat or Hoax- Communicating by any means to any person or group of persons, a report, knowing or having reason to know the report is false, that there is located on educational property or at a school-sponsored curricular or extracurricular activity off educational property any device designed to destroy or damage property by explosion, blasting, or burning; or With intent to perpetrate a hoax, conceals, places, or displays any device, machine, instrument, or artifact on educational property or at a school-sponsored curricular or extracurricular activity off educational property, so as to cause any person reasonably to believe the same to be a bomb or other device capable of causing injury to persons or property. 3. Explosives- Possessing or placing on educational premises any explosive device, including but not limited to dynamite or dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, nitroglycerine or any other powerful explosives capable of causing injury or damage. 4. Assaults and Serious Injuries on any Teacher or Other School Personnel- Assaulting or causing serious injury to a teacher or school personnel or volunteer or other adult who is not a student. 5. Other Assaults on Teachers or Other Adults Who are not Students and Assaults on Another Student: (a) Physically assaulting a teacher or other adult who is not a student; (b) Physically assaulting another student if the assault is witnessed by school personnel; (c) Physically assaulting and seriously injuring another student. Penalty - For a violation of numbers one (1), two (2), or three (3) of the Level Four provision, a student shall be suspended for 365 calendar days from the Johnston County Public School System in accordance with NC G.S. 115C-391. For a violation of number four (4) of the Level Four provision, any student who is at least 13 years of age shall be assigned by the Superintendent to an appropriate alternative educational program in accordance with the NC G.S. 115C-391. If no appropriate alternative educational program is available, then the Superintendent shall suspend for not less than 300 days but not more than 365 days the said student. For a violation of number five (5) of the Level Four provision, any student who is at least 13 years of age may be suspended from the Johnston County Public School System for a period of up to 365 calendar days, or assigned to an appropriate alternative educational program approved by the board of education. For a violation of number four (4) or five (5) of the Level Four provision, any student who is under 13 years of age shall be long-term suspended from the Johnston County Public School System for the remainder of the school year or assigned an appropriate alternative educational program approved by the Board of Education. Any appeals to the board of education shall be based solely on: specific violation(s) of due process, or the principal having abused or exceeded his or her authority in recommending a long-term suspension. There shall be no appeal to the board of education in the imposition of short-term suspensions. When a student is suspended, either short-term or long-term, from the Johnston County Public School System, that student is prohibited from being in any Johnston County Schools building, on any property or bus own by the Johnston County Schools, or at any Johnston County Schools sponsored activity for the remainder of the school year. Legal Reference(s) NC G.S. 115C-391 Adopted: August 11, 1992 Amended: August 9, 1994 Amended: August 8, 1995 Amended: August 13, 1996 Amended: September 10, 1997 Amended: July 8, 1997 Amended: July 9, 1998 Amended: October 13, 1998 Amended: June 13, 2000 Amended: August 22, 2000 Amended: November 20, 2001