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 1:30 pm.
- 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 7:55 AM. Students should be in class by the second bell at 8:00 AM.
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. All students are expected to remain in school for the entire school day. If students are dismissed early, they must be picked up by 1:30 PM. No students will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to the last bell for safety reasons.
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.
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.
Red or White polo shirt - Embroidered with Logo (not required).
Navy shorts, pants, skorts or dress.
Harbordale Friday t-shirt (Fridays ONLY).
Important Uniform Notes:
Uniforms must be solid red, white or navy, no stripes or embellishments on clothes.
All bottoms must be navy, not black. Any other color is not considered a uniform, this includes black leggins and jeggings. No Jeans.
Uniforms may be purchased at Debbie’s Uniforms in Plantation. Shirts can be embroidered for a fee at EmbroideredMe on Commercial. Uniforms can also be purchased at local department stores.
Parents & Visitors
Visitors are welcome at Harbordale Elementary School! As a security measure and for the protection of all children, any time you visit the campus you are required to sign in at the office with a picture id and obtain a name badge.
Acceptable forms of ID include the following:
- Driver’s license
- Florida’s official state identification card
The School Board has purchased a new visitor, vendor and volunteer checking/tracking system to be implemented district wide. The Raptor, formally STAR system will provide security checks on each visitor against Sexual Offender databases, print visitor badges, and track volunteers. If, for any reason, your child needs to leave campus before 2:00 p.m., you must sign him/her out in the office, before 1:30 pm, and office personnel will call the classroom. Also, a reminder to all volunteers, PLEASE OBTAIN YOUR BADGE FROM THE FRONT OFFICE AND WEAR IT AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON CAMPUS.
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.
This year we will continue to implement a color code system to help streamline our dismissal process. All students will be assigned a color based for their primary means of dismissal. Please take a few minutes to review our plan.
- RED AREA If your child gets picked up in a car using the car loop on Miami road, your child will be considered a “car rider” and will be color-coded with a RED wristband on their backpack.
- GREEN AREA If your child gets picked up by an adult who parks their car and/or walks to on campus to meet their child at the end of the day, please meet your child at the west side of the campus near the marquee area. Your child will be considered a “walker” and will be color-coded with a GREEN wristband on their backpack.
- BLUE AREA If your child rides a school bus, your child will be considered a “bus rider” and will be color-coded with a BLUE wristband on their backpack. (This will include all students who participate in aftercare programs that provide transportation to aftercare site.)
- YELLOW AREA If your child participates in the Sunshine Aftercare program, your child will be considered “aftercare” and they will be color-coded with a YELLOW wristband on their backpack. At the end of the school day, all aftercare students will be escorted to the cafeteria.
If you must change your child’s dismissal, a written note is required prior to 1:00 p.m. Please send in the written request with your child in the morning, or fax to school at 754-323-6090 with a copy of your driver’s license by 1:00 p.m. Emails and phone calls will be not accepted. Thank you for your cooperation. The safety of your child is of the utmost importance to us at Harbordale.