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 Tip Line
If you need to report something you can do so ANONYMOUSLY! No one will ever be able to know where the report originated. We need you to help keep our schools and our children safe, so if there is something going on that needs to be reported please report it.
The text messaging service, TipSoft, allows a response by text message to the originating cell phone without ever knowing the identity of the individual who left the tip. The user’s information is always given an alias and a unique ID before being sent. This secure application allows the tipster and the investigator to have two-way dialog while always keeping the user’s identity completely anonymous.
The School Board of Broward County encourages students to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as vandalism, theft, the sale, and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned.
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.
- Parents have 2 days (48 hours) in which to report an absence.
- The Attendance Policy allows eight (8) reasons for absence to be excused.
- Make up work for credit and grade is allowed for ALL absences. Learn more about Homework/Makeup Work.
Students must arrive at school on time every day. The first bell rings at 7:35 AM. Students should be in class by the second bell at 7:40 AM.
Tardy (def.): The failure to be in a place of instruction at the assigned time.
Students arriving after 7:40 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.
- 1st Offense = Warning
- 2nd Offense = Warning and/or Phone call home
- 3rd 4th & 5th Offense = After School detention
- 6th & 7th Offense OR failure to Serve After School Detentions = Disciplinary Referral-Internal Suspension (Habitual Tardiness)
- 8th Tardy OR Failure to Attend Internal Suspension (T.R.A.C.S.) = Disciplinary Referral – External Suspension (Habitual Defiance)
Tardy detentions are Served on Wednesdays from 2:45 - 3:30 pm in the cafeteria.
View the Tardy Flyer
Sign-ins and sign-outs are excused and permitted when a parent/guardian accompanies their child to school or an appropriate phone call is made stating the reason for the tardy. Sign-outs will only be excused if a parent comes into the school office or faxes over a copy of their driver's license with a written explanation of the reason for the sign-out. A phone call is NOT enough as this is a safety and security issue. Please keep in mind any time missed due to sign-ins or sign-outs will be counted towards the cumulative total of the 30 hours per quarter allowance, per county policy. Once the 30 hours is reached a pattern of non-attendance can be established and further restrictions may take place. Student Services Fax: 754-322-2199.
The dismissal time is 2:40 PM. All students are expected to remain in school for the entire school day. If students are dismissed early, they must be picked up by 2:10 PM. No students will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to the last bell for safety reasons.
If your parent wants to dismiss you from school using EMAIL or authorize an adult NOT on your emergency list to dismiss you, have them write a letter including their phone #, a copy of the parent's driver's license, name of the student, and reason for dismissal to:
Senior Lot Times
The senior lot will be open for permitted students to access and leave the campus only at specific times.
- Up to 8:00 am
- 9:00 am - 9:20 am
- 10:45 am - 11:05 am
- 11:30 am - 11:45 am
- 12:30 pm - 12:40 pm
- 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
This is a guideline and will change with the bell schedule at which time adjustments will be made.
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.
Code Red Drills
Code Red Drills have been mandated for all schools by the State of Florida to ensure the safety of our students and staff. These Code Red Drills will be implemented on a monthly basis, similar to fire drills. The date of the drill will not be pre-announced due to potential security and attendance issues. Instead, our school will send families Parent Link messages via phone call, text message, and/or e-mail approximately 20 minutes prior to the drill to alert everyone that it is only a drill. Please do not contact your child during the Code Red Drills as it is important for all students to learn the safety procedures in case of an emergency. Our school will then send a second message to families notifying you that the drill is completed.
Know the Code…The Dress Code
The dress code rules enforced at our school align directly with the District's Unified School Dress - Policy 5309. Review the District policies outlined on this page for more information.
- No HATS/Bandanas/Hoodies covering your head (Exception: religious head coverings which must be cleared with an administrator)
- No Midriffs!! No SHORT Shorts
- No THIN Spaghetti Straps
- This is your Place of Business - let your wardrobe reflect that
If you are sent to the office for a dress code violation, you will be given Alternate Clothes and may spend the day in Internal Suspension if you are a repeat offender!
IDs must be worn at all times around your neck (not around your backpack).
Students who do not come to school with their ID will be given a temporary ID print out. Students will receive up to 3 temporary print outs, on the 4th offense, they will receive a $5 obligation and a new ID will be printed for them to pick up in student affairs during lunch. Each additional instance after the 4th offense, will be another reprint and $5 obligation.
Security is paramount and students must make it a habit to wear their IDs
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
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.
Students must have a decal to park in the student parking areas.
Please do not leave valuables in your car.
Pick Up/Drop Off
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.
NO PASSES for the first 10 or last 10 minutes of class.
NO PASSES after 2:20 pm
(Color Coded by Area) Please use the bathroom assigned to your teacher's building. If you are caught “Out of Area” Security will take you to your administrator. Example: You are in Ms. Herzfeld’s room (710) you must use the bathroom in the 700 building.
(Blue) Only Academic Teachers can issue this pass, NOT your personalization teacher. Personalization teachers will use a (Yellow) pass to send students to the Media Center, Student Affairs, etc.
You will not be able to use any of these passes without your MSD ID.