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.
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!
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 arrive at school on time every day. Students should be in class by 7:15 AM.
Students arriving after 7:15 am will be considered TARDY. If a student arrives after 7:15 am, the student will need to obtain a pass from the front office to be admitted to class.
The dismissal time is 1:45 PM. All students are expected to remain in school for the entire school day. No students will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to the last bell for safety reasons.
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
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.
Early Sign Outs
Students shall not be released within the final 30 minutes of the school day unless the principal/designee determines that it is an emergency or the student has a medical/dental appointment that cannot be reasonably scheduled at another time.
Guardians/ parents must check-in at the main office upon entering campus and present an official photo ID, ie. driver’s license, official state identification card, or a passport, to verify identity.
Behavioral expectations for middle school lead to positive learning outcomes. Please take a moment to review our discipline matrix at Olsen MS.
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.
Appropriate dress and grooming can help to create a positive learning environment. Other attire may be allowed for special school activities with the approval of the school administration. Possible consequences for violating the dress code are found in the Discipline Matrix. Changes in clothing trends will not override the dress code policy.
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.
Pick Up/Drop Off
Controlling School Traffic is Essential for Safety
Students should be picked up and dropped off in the car loop only. The entrance to the car loop is located on Rock Island Road at the Sample Road intersection. The Sample Road entrance (front of the school) is reserved for bus traffic and staff/visitor parking only. Any visitors must sign-in in the front office for all conferences, student drop-off/pick-up, or for admittance in the building.
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.
Retention & Promotion
The School Board of Broward County
Middle School Promotion Policy
To be promoted, students in grades six, seven, and eight must pass a minimum of four subjects, two of which must be in English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies. Promotion to 9th grade will require passing (F.S. 1003.4156(1) (a) 1-5):
3 middle school or higher, year-long courses in English
3 middle school or higher, year-long courses in Mathematics
3 middle school or higher, year-long courses in Science
3 middle school or higher, year-long courses in Social Studies
Successful completion of a career course in seventh or eighth grade
(The course must be at least one semester in length), and completed ePep (electronic personalized educational plan).
Students who are failing and/or fail up to two of the 4 core courses (i.e., English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies) will be given the opportunity to meet the requirements of the course(s) through the school day or extended learning opportunities.
In addition, students must demonstrate that they have met the National Education Technology Standards (NETS) in basic operations, social and ethical issues, productivity tools, communication tools, research tools, and problem-solving tools as measured by competency-based assessment, student portfolios, specified course completion, or another method approved by the principal.