We Care - Know The Rules

  • The School Board of Broward County, Florida (SBBC) consists of nine elected School Board Members who serve four-year terms. Two of the School Board Members are elected “at large” by all of the electors in Broward County. The other seven School Board Members are elected from seven school board member residence areas. The School Board Members, along with the Superintendent, oversee the sixth-largest District in the nation. The SBBC implements policies that govern ethical, fiduciary, and scholastic mandates, protocols, and procedures for the District's schools, offices, and departments subject to any applicable federal, state, or local laws. The SBBC answers to the residents and taxpayers of Broward County in an ethical, open, and transparent manner. 

    A school principal may supplement District policies by outlining rules specific to the school such as uniform colors, cell phone usage areas, and drop off/pick up times. However, school rules are limited in scope and do not supersede school district policies.

  • Anonymous/Non-Anonymous Security Tip Reporting

    Call 911 immediately in an emergency.

    Submit a safety or security tip that is not an emergency directly to the District Security Operations Center (DSOC), open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including holidays). CLICK or TAP on the icon below.

    See something, say something
    From there, choose the reporting tool that works best for you by learning more about how they work and how easy they are to use.   

    What to report: Please report safety and security threats, bullying and harassing behaviors, illegal activity, self-endangerment behaviors, etc.

    Details are everything: Please provide as many details as you can, such as names and physical description of anyone involved, school location, social media handles, date of when threats are supposed to occur, etc.

    We respect your privacy and care about your safety. Your tip is shared only with investigators and administrators assigned to the tip.

    Remember, helping is not the same as snitching. We are counting on you to help us help a friend.
    Be a Broward Buddy, Report a Tip!

  • Absence Reporting

    Report an Absence Online

    According to SBBC Policy 5.5: All students under 16 are required to attend school every day of the 180-day school year. Absences are established by tardiness, early sign-outs, or absences for all or part of any day. The maximum number of acceptable absences is 5 days. Additionally, please note that students may not be released after 1:45 p.m.

    1. Parents have 2 days (48 hours) in which to report an absence.
    2. The Attendance Policy allows eight (8) reasons for absence to be excused.
    3. Make up work for credit and grade is allowed for ALL absences. Learn more about Homework/Makeup Work.

  • Arrival/Tardy/Dismissal


    Students must arrive at school on time every day. The first bell rings at 7:55 AM. Students should be in class by the second bell at 8:00 AM.

    Children permitted on campus at 7:30 AM if eating breakfast in the cafeteria. Supervision will not be available before 7:35 AM and children should not be on campus.


    Students arriving after 8:00 AM will be considered TARDY. If students arrive after 8:00 AM, the student will need to obtain a pass from the front office to be admitted to class.


    The dismissal time is 2:00 PM. Students are expected to be in school from bell to bell. Early dismissal should be avoided. No child will be released from school between 1:30 and 2:00 PM without administrative approval. We ask parents to make doctor and dental appointments after school hours whenever possible. Only a parent/guardian or persons listed on the school emergency form are permitted to sign out students. For security reasons, we do not accept telephone requests or notes from parents to release a student from school. They must be picked up by a parent/guardian. Time missed from school due to early sign-outs is recorded in the attendance database.

    Emergency Dismissal

    In rare instances, the Superintendent must close all schools or dismiss students earlier than usual due to an emergency situation, such as severe weather. School authorities will use local radio and television to inform the public about an emergency school closing or early dismissal. You can prepare for such an emergency by working out an emergency plan with your child. Be sure your child understands where to go in the event of an early dismissal. An emergency dismissal form must be completed for each student and kept on file by your child's teacher and office. It is the parent's responsibility to be certain that this information is kept up to date and that their child knows what to do in the event of an emergency dismissal. A new form will need to be filled out each year and as often as the plan for your child changes.

  • Cell Phone

    Possession of a wireless communication device that disrupts the educational process is a violation. Cellular phones, camera phones, and pagers are prohibited at all times during class unless specifically instructed to do so as part of the lesson.

  • Emergency Drills

    All Broward County Public Schools conduct regular exercises and drills at various times as outlined in the Florida Fire Code and Florida Administrative Code.

    To aid in this process, every school has a designated SAFE team comprised of faculty and staff who have been specially trained on appropriate procedures to ensure every school follows safety protocol.

    Discussion-based tabletop exercises are also conducted regularly with staff, faculty, and community partners, and the results of these exercises are documented and incorporated into school safety plans as necessary.  

    All public schools are required to conduct one (1) fire drill per month with one (1) additional occurring within the first 30 days. Additionally, public schools are required to conduct, at a minimum, six (6) emergency drills every school year that are nonconcurrent with fire drills. One emergency drill must take place within the first ten (10) days of the beginning of the school year, and the remaining drills may not occur more than forty-five (45) days apart. Four (4) of the six (6) emergency drills must address active threats. The remaining two (2) drills must address other emergency events, such as severe weather, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, or reunification.

    Students are expected to fully participate in drills and follow the directions of faculty and staff.

  • Dress Code

    School uniforms are MANDATORY

    Cooper City Elementary has voted to continue participation in a mandatory Unified Dress Code Program.

    The uniform will consist of the following:

    TOPS: Solid color polo style shirt. No emblems (school emblem optional).
    The shirts may be red, white, light blue or navy blue.
    BOTTOMS: Shorts, skorts, skirts, pants, or jumpers may be worn.
    Bottoms may be solid khaki, black, or navy blue.

    School colors must be worn unless a student has an approved waiver.

    If you wish to purchase a polo with our logo we have them available at the front office for $10.00, as well as our Friday Cub Shirt.

    Benefits of a Uniform Policy

    Research suggests that school uniforms:

    • Improve discipline, self-esteem, and self-respect.
    • Focus the student towards learning.
    • Eliminate the fear of whether their clothing choice will be acceptable by peers.
    • Strengthens school pride.
    • Identify student population from strangers on school grounds.
    • Cost-effective.

    A Parent or Guardian may request by mail, or in person, an application for an exemption from the uniform program.

    Exemption waivers must be completed by the 10th day of the student's enrollment. 

  • Homework

    Cooper City Elementary School Homework Practices

    Homework is defined as:

    1. practice and application of already taught skills and concepts,
    2. previewing upcoming lesson content to be taught in class,
    3. research and rigorous authentic projects.

    Learn more about Cooper City Elementary School homework activities and practices.

  • Parents & Visitors

    All visitors including parents must check into the attendance office prior to going to any classrooms or any area on campus. An official photo identification (ID) is required. Acceptable forms of ID include the following:

    • Driver’s license
    • Florida’s official state identification card
    • Passport

  • Parking

    Visitor Parking

    All visitors must park in the designated visitor parking spaces. Please do not park in spaces designated for faculty and staff or in the bus loop.

  • Pick Up/Drop Off/Sign Out

    Sign Out

    Parents must list the names of persons who are allowed to pick-up their child(ren) from school on the School Emergency Form. In order for a student to leave the school, they must be signed out on the sign-out log in the main office. No one is permitted to leave the school without getting permission from office personnel. Students will only be released to a parent/guardian and individuals that are listed on the Emergency Release Form after proper photo identification verification has been checked.

    Controlling School Traffic is Essential for Safety

    Students should be picked up and dropped off at the car loops only.  Parents wishing to park should walk their children to the front gate. For safety reasons, parents are not allowed to walk their children to their classrooms.

  • Transportation

    Most students live within a two-mile radius of the school and therefore do not meet state criteria for bus transportation. If a student's behavior creates a problem or hazard in the safe operation of the bus by its driver, the principal will deprive said student of bus riding privileges in accordance with the district discipline matrix. If the behavior is willful and/or frequent, a recommendation will be made to remove the disruptive student from further bus transportation. During a period of bus suspension or expulsion, parents must provide transportation to and from school.

    The driver's main responsibility is to transport the students safely to and from school. He/she needs the cooperation of students, teachers, and parents if he/she is to accomplish this.

    Bus schedules will be provided annually to eligible students.

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