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In order for a student to make up and receive credit for work assigned during an unexcused absence, the student must submit a written notification of the planned absence to the principal one-week in advance.
If a student must be absent from school, the following procedure should be followed:
- Parent should notify the school by phone (469-752-7000) before 10:00 A.M.
- Parent should send a note to school the first day the student returns. A note must be sent even though the parent has called. The note must state the date of and reason for the absence along with the signature of the parent or guardian and a telephone number where the parent can be reached. If no note is received within 3 school days, the absence is automatically unexcused.
- The student should deliver the note to the attendance office before going to first period.
Parents are urged to make students’ dental, medical, and other appointments after school hours. If it becomes necessary for students to leave during the school day, parents should sign students out at the office. Office personnel will call students from class. Students must have parent or guardian permission before early checkout will be granted. Students will not be allowed to check themselves out, walk home, or leave the school campus with a friend or relative without confirmed parental permission.
Absence notes are to be turned into the front office within 3 days of returning to school.
(This is a state rule )
Please make sure the absence note has the student’s first and last name, date of absence, reason for absence, and a parent signature on it.
We cannot accept an email as an absence note, but you can send a doctor or dental note via email or fax (469-752-7001).
If a student will be out on a planned absence, an absence request form must be filled out 1 week prior to the absence.
No large bags or backpacks are permitted in the classrooms. Any bag large enough to contain a textbook must be kept in the student’s locker. Bags that do not fit in lockers are not permitted in school.
There are two entry lanes from Murphy Road: The right lane, a turn-only lane into the Murphy Middle School parking lot, is the one parents should use; the left lane continues straight through toward Kimbrough Stadium with access to McMillen High School.
Parents dropping off students should continue along the circle toward the front of the school, and students must remain in the vehicle until it reaches the sidewalk in front of the school building. Students are only to be dropped off next to the curb, not in the left hand lane.
Upon reaching the sidewalk, students must be prepared to exit the vehicle immediately--all materials should already be gathered and goodbyes should already have been made. Students must exit the vehicle as soon as it reaches a complete stop.
Under no circumstances should students be dropped off in the parking lot. The parking lot is reserved for parents who have business inside the school.
We provide crossing guards between our building and the inner carpool parking lot and between the MMS property and the Kimbrough Stadium parking lot. You may want to consider dropping off at these locations in the morning or making arrangements with your child to meet you at one of these locations in the afternoon.
Entering into our circular carpool area from 8:00 - 8:30 and from 3:20 – 3:40 can be a time-consuming endeavor; please be ready to spend time waiting if you enter the carpool loop. Please be courteous and patient.
Please do not stop in the crosswalks. Students need a clear and safe path to cross through traffic.
All student drop-offs and pick-ups must occur with your vehicle’s passenger side tires against the curb that runs closest to our building. Please do not drop your child off in the left lane; we never want students walking in between cars. Students dropped off in the carpool lane or the Kimbrough parking lot will enter the building at the main entrance.
In the front circle, traffic should move in a single line. You may pull away from the curb and into the left lane after drop-off or pick-up if the lane is open and it will move the carpool line forward. Students should only exit vehicles on the right side of the vehicle and only when the vehicle is pulled to a curb.
If your student will be walking to or from school, there will be crossing guards at the light on Murphy Road.
The morning bus lane is located on the East and South side of the building. Please do not drop-off students in the bus lanes.
Afternoon bus lanes are located on the North, East & South sides of the building. Students should use the cross-walks anytime they are crossing a street. Please do not pick up students in the bus lanes after school.
Do not make a U-Turn after dropping your child off at the curb of the road running between Murphy and the Kimbrough parking lot. If you choose to drop your child here, pull far forward (parallel to the gym) and then exit by using the road running in front of Kimbrough Stadium. NO U-TURNS.
There is a double turn lane from the South bound lanes of Murphy Road. Please consider this as you pull in for morning drop off and afternoon pick up. If you want to enter the carpool circle, you need to be in the right or westernmost turn lane off of Murphy Road. The inside or easternmost turn lane will allow you to either go straight or turn left (north) toward McMillen.
Do not drop-off your student in the Kimbrough parking lot after 8:20 am because crossing guards are not on duty to help them cross safely.
After 8:20, in addition to the circle drop off area, you may drop off your student at the curb on the road running between MMS and the Kimbrough parking lot. Students should exit the vehicle on the curb that runs closest to MMS.
Do not pick-up your student in the Kimbrough West parking lot; this is the parking closest to Murphy Road. We do not provide crossing guards to help them safely cross the busy street between the two Kimbrough parking lots.
Observe speed limits and do not use your cell phone in any school zones.
The Health Services Department of PISD offers routine vision and hearing screening of all seventh graders, all students new to the district, and those referred by teachers or parents. Seventh graders are also screened for acanthosis nigricans, a light brown to black area on the back of the neck which could indicate a risk for type 2 diabetes. Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) screening is offered to all students in the eighth grade. School nurses are responsible for keeping student immunization records and are required to notify parents/guardians when boosters are necessary. A school nurse staffs Murphy’s clinic five days per week. Medical emergencies at school, including illness, injuries, infection, and asthma are addressed and parents are contacted as necessary. Our nurse will be happy to assist students with medications according to our district policy.
A Medical Request Form is available online or in our front office, and it must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian before any medication (including inhalers and over the counter products such as aspirin) can be administered. Prescription medication as well as the over the counter products must be in the original container and properly labeled. All medications must be turned in to the school nurse. Cough drops are considered medication and may not be carried by the student without permission of the school nurse. Students are not to have any medication in their possession. It is the student’s responsibility to come to the clinic to take the medicine. The nurse is not responsible for reminding students to take medication.
To protect all children from communicable illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while they are contagious. Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Contact your campus nurse if you are unsure whether or not your child should return to school.
The guidelines below have been developed for the exclusion of students who have communicable or contagious diseases. These regulations are in compliance with the requirements of the local health authority, Plano ISD Administrative Guidelines and the Board of Trustees’ appointed medical officer.
- A student with any of the following symptoms will be excluded from school until such time as the student is free of symptoms, has been satisfactorily treated or submits a signed physician’s statement that he/she is not contagious.
- Temperature of 100 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry.
- Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw.
- Undetermined rash over any part of the body.
- Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp.
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Student must be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before re-entry.
- Red, draining eyes.
- Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection.
- Open, draining lesions.
- The Principal or his/her designee, in collaboration with the school nurse, will notify parents that the student must be excluded for medical reasons.
- It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to transport the student from school to his/her home.
- For readmission, some diseases may require a statement from the student’s physician affirming that the student is not contagious.
Students are expected to arrive at school dressed and groomed appropriately. Failure to follow the basic regulations listed below will result in appropriate clothing being provided to the student to be worn for the day.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- Students may wear shorts that meet the following standards:
- Must be loose fitting; no spandex-type shorts, cut-offs, boxer shorts, running shorts, or any combination thereof.
- Must be hemmed or cuffed.
- Must be fingertip length or longer.
- Dresses or skirts must be longer than fingertips.
- Yoga pants or tights must by covered with a t-shirt, shorts, or dress that is fingertip length or longer.
- Skinny jeans must be pulled all the way up with no boxers showing.
- Tank tops, tube tops, halter-type blouses or sheer lace, mesh shirts, pajamas, or nightwear will not be permitted. Shirts must overlap the waistband of skirts, shorts, or pants so that no skin is visible at any time.
- Items with provocative, offensive, violent, or drug-related pictures or slogans will not be permitted. Items with derogatory, terroristic, or insulting messages will not be permitted.
- No hats, caps, bandanas, hoods, chains, or sunglasses will be allowed.
- No type of clothing which has been torn, slashed, or has holes will be allowed.
- No sagging pants or shorts will be permitted.
- No gang paraphernalia will be permitted.
- No pierced jewelry other than earrings will be permitted.
- All students are expected to meet community standards and school policies with regard to health, cleanliness, and appearance.
Cell phones, AirPods, headphones, and other electronic devices can be used in a school-appropriate manner before school until 8:20.
- At 8:20, all cell phones, AirPods, headphones, and other electronic devices must be powered off and kept out of sight
- Students may earn the privilege of technology during lunch by administration. Administrators will communicate how to earn this privilege to students at the beginning of the school year.
- Teachers may allow students to access their cell phones during class for instructional purposes only and these rare occasions will be communicated prior to class. A cell phone or any other electronic device brought from home will never be a required tool to complete classwork. The phone must be powered off and out of sight before leaving class.
- At 3:30, students can power on their phones and return to using them.
- In case of an urgent need or emergency, parents can contact the front office at 469-752-7000 and a message will be relayed to the student.
- If your student needs to contact you, they may use a classroom teacher’s school phone or the school phone in the counseling office.
- If a student refuses to comply with a request to surrender their cell phone/electronic device by any faculty member, he/she will be considered insubordinate and additional disciplinary actions will be given.
If a cell phone or electronic device is seen, heard, or used in violation of the policy, it will be confiscated and turned in to the front office. The following consequences will result:
- First Offense: The cell phone/electronic device is confiscated until the end of the day.
- Second Offense: The cell phone/electronic device is confiscated until a parent comes to retrieve the device. The student will need to contact their parent(s) when the phone is confiscated.
- Third Offense and beyond: The cell phone/electronic device is confiscated until the parent comes to retrieve the device and the student will be assigned Friday Night Academy.
Personally-owned device use is limited to and conditional upon your full and complete compliance with the following guidelines, as well as the Plano ISD Student Code of Conduct, including the Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Technology Resources (available at http://k-12.pisd.edu/aug.htm).
Student Usage Guidelines:
- Murphy Middle School reserves the right to inspect any personally owned device including a cell phone while connected to the PISDPublic wireless network or while being used in class on a separate network.
- Student use of personally-owned devices in the classroom setting will be managed by the classroom teacher and will follow the individual school guidelines.
- The PISDPublic wireless network will provide filtered Internet access. Murphy Middle School is not liable for student access to any other network within the classroom (including internet service provided by your phone company).
- When students are not using their device, they should be turned off or on silent and put away in a safe place, such as their locker. Students are encouraged to take their personally-owned devices home every day after school.
- Students using personally-owned devices that connect to the PISDPublic wireless network should save important items on the district network drive every day, keeping a backup that they can access from anywhere on the network. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is not lost due to mechanical failure or accidental deletion on their personal device.
- Plano ISD will not be held liable for any damage that may occur as a result of connecting to the PISDPublic wireless network or any electrical power source.
- Plano ISD will not be held responsible for any physical damage, loss, or theft of the personally owned device.
- Murphy Middle School will not be obligated to supply electrical power access where such access does not already exist.
- The parents and/or guardians of any student bringing personal technology to school agree to be responsible for and to reimburse Murphy Middle School for any damage that their student may cause arising out of and relating to the use of the PISDPublic wireless network with his/her personally owned device.
- Murphy Middle School will not be held liable for either texting or internet usage charges that occur from the use of a student’s personal device. It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure their child understands the usage options that are available to them, such as the number of texts available, or whether or not a student’s service plan includes Internet.
- Murphy Middle School will not be held liable for the content already existing on student owned devices; this would include music/lyrics, movies, pictures.
Homework, musical instruments, lunches, and all other items that are dropped off at school for students will be delivered by the front office. So that the learning process may remain intact, gifts, balloons, flowers, etc., will not be permitted during school hours. Students are not to bring these items to school or have them delivered at school.
Murphy has three trained counselors available to students before and after school and during lunch. Parents can call our counselors anytime from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. to set up appointments.
Library hours are 7:50 A.M. – 4:15 P.M. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours are 7:50 A.M. – 3:45 P.M. Passes are necessary to use the library before and during the school day if the student is not with his/her class. Magazines and reference books may be checked out for overnight use only with the library staff permission. Library books are checked out for a two-week period and may be renewed once. Fines are charged for overdue materials. ID cards are necessary to check out library materials. Replacement IDs may be purchased for $2.00. Students are expected to use the library computers responsibly and in accordance with the Acceptable Use Guidelines. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary measures and loss of access.
On-line reference sources can be accessed at the Murphy Middle School web page to assist in school projects. At home you may access the library catalog at the following address: http://k-12.pisd.edu
Computer printing for classroom assignments is available to students. Each student is allowed 5 free pages per day. A 5-cent charge for each page over that daily limit will be applied.
Food, beverages, and gum are not allowed in the library.
Student lockers and combinations will be issued at the beginning of each school year. Students will be held responsible for the locker issued to them, including being held financially responsible for damage to lockers. Improperly jamming or rigging lockers is likely to result in theft. Theft should be reported to the administration. Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected at any time by a school official. Students may not share, leave unlocked, jam and/or rig lockers.
Periodic inspections are made to see that lockers are kept neat and clean for the health and safety of our entire school.
Articles of clothing and other personal items found in and around school should be turned in to the front office. It is helpful for students to write their names on jackets and coats. Items that have been turned in are displayed inside the cafeteria in order for students to identify and claim any lost property. Articles not claimed at the end of each 6 week grading period will be donated to charity.
Lunch Room Expectations
- Students are to walk, not run, to lunch.
- Students shall not cut in the lunch line.
- Students are to remain seated while eating.
- Students are assigned a lunch table and will move about the cafeteria only with permission.
- All aluminum cans and plastic bottles should be recycled. Students are expected to clear tables before leaving the cafeteria.
- No food or drinks are allowed outside the lunchroom.
- Students must have permission to leave the cafeteria.
- Students may not go to their lockers or be in the hallways during lunchtime.
Please remember that students may only receive lunches from someone who is listed on their emergency contact card; do not bring lunch for children other than your own.
As this is a statewide policy and a safety issue, please understand that we will not allow students to eat lunches provided by anyone except for someone on their emergency contact
Lunches may not be delivered by 3rd party food delivery companies.
To check your child's balance and add money to his or her account visit:
https://paypams.com/ (This link is also posted in Parent Portal)
Any personal property causing a disruption in school or on the bus may be taken up and will not be returned until the end of the school day. If the item is taken up a second time, a parent or guardian must collect the item from the front office. Further offenses will result in consequences or disciplinary action. The school will not be responsible for personal property. This includes property brought to school for instructional projects as well as all other personal property of students. This includes leased or rented musical instruments. Instrument insurance information is available from the music directors.
Each student may be issued one textbook and/or workbook as assigned by the individual teacher for his/her class. It is the student's responsibility to take care of these books and have them in his/her custody as required. If a textbook or workbook is lost or damaged, the student will pay for the replacement of that book. This can be done at any time throughout the school year. Not all classes assign textbooks. Home copies of textbooks for classes that do not assign books are available for use during the school year. The Dean of Students can help with this request.
If students will arrive on campus after 8:30 A.M., they need to check in at the front office with a note from their parent explaining the tardy. Consequences for unexcused tardiness, up to the fifth tardy, will be determined by the teacher or academic team. Students will be assigned to Friday Night Academy after the fifth, seventh, and tenth tardies. Students will also be assigned a Friday Night Academy for each tardy after the tenth. Truancy may be filed on the tenth tardy. Parent contact regarding tardies should include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Signed detention form or other teacher notification
- Contact with the parent after the fifth, seventh, and tenth tardy per semester If a student is absent for at least three days, a parent/guardian may call the office and request that the student's class assignments be collected from his/her teachers for pick-up in the office. For absences less than three days, students should get their make-up work from the teachers upon return to school or notify the teacher directly before their return
All visitors are required to report directly to the main office to sign in with the receptionist and show a valid driver’s license which will be scanned through our Raptor system for security purposes. A visitor’s badge will be issued and must be worn while the visitor is on campus. Parents are welcome to visit the school, be involved in school activities, and join their student for lunch. The cost for an adult lunch is different from a student lunch. Please check with cafeteria personnel for current lunch prices. Students from other schools will not be allowed to visit during instructional time or lunchtime. This includes former students who wish to visit teachers or friends. All visitors are asked to comply with school dress code and campus rules while on the Murphy Middle School campus.