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.
Charles Drew students are expected to come directly to school and to go home by the safest possible route. On their way to and from school, students are to conduct themselves courteously and obey all school and traffic rules.
Students must arrive at school on time every day. The first bell rings at 8:00 AM for grades K-5. Students eating breakfast may come no sooner than 7:15 AM.
Students arriving after 8:15 AM will be considered TARDY. If students arrive after 8:15 AM, the student will need to obtain a pass from the front office to be admitted to class.
The dismissal time is 3:00 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 2:30 PM. No students will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to the last bell for safety reasons.
When the teacher dismisses the students at the end of the school day, they are to go directly home, to their designated transportation area, or to their daycare provider. If it is necessary for your student to have after school supervision. Children are NOT allowed to wait after school for siblings or friends who are dismissed at a later time. Students may not go to another student's home without making arrangements prior to coming to school. If you want your child to go home with a friend, please send a note to your child's teacher. The office telephone is for emergency use only.
If a child is not picked up in a timely manner (10 minutes after dismissal) every effort will be made to contact you or those persons listed on the emergency card, to pick up your child. There is no supervision provided for your child after school. If no contact could be made within 30 minutes utilizing the emergency numbers, your child will be placed with La Verne Police Department or Child Protective Services.
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.
Charles Drew Elementary is a mandatory uniform school. Students are to be in uniform Monday through Friday.
Below is a list of approved uniform clothing:
- Yellow, green, or white shirts/blouses with collars (no t-shirts unless it is the school t-shirt)
- Khaki or dark green pants/slacks/shorts/skorts with a belt (no baggy pants that hang down from the waist)
- Skirts or dresses that are no shorter than the length of the girl’s arm
- Shoes with closed toes
- No sweatbands or hats in the building
All students must adhere to the dress code
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.
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.