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.

  • Vehicle Traffic During Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up

    Controlling School Traffic is Essential for Safety

    Students must be picked up and dropped off in the car loop only. The entrance to the car loop is located on SE 11th Terrace.  All visitors must sign-in at the Welcome Center for all conferences or to conduct any business on campus. Identification must be presented for admittance in the school building.

  • Student ID Badges

    Students will be issued an ID Badge at the beginning of the school year. Students must have an ID Badge to purchase meals, tickets to school events, use the media center, and receive hall passes and other school-related functions. If a student does not have an ID Badge, he or she can receive a replacement ID on Tuesdays and Thursdays during their grade level lunch in the cafeteria. After the 4th replacement ID, students will be charged $5 and an obligation will be incurred until the $5 replacement ID fee is paid. Student and staff ID badges are implemented for the safety of our students. The ID Badge must be visibly worn by the student at all times while on campus or attending school activities.

  • Drugs, Tobacco and Vaping

    The use, possession, sale, attempted sale, or transmittal of tobacco or tobacco-related products on school property, school-sponsored transportation, or during a school-sponsored activity is prohibited.

    • The use, possession, and/or being under the influence of mood-altering substances is prohibited.
    • Use/possession of unauthorized substances is prohibited.
    • Being under the influence of unauthorized substances is prohibited.
    • Sale, attempted sale, and/or transmittal is prohibited.

    (Includes, but not limited to Juul, Vapes with Tobacco or THC, Alcohol, Medications, Drug Paraphernalia, and any Mind/Mood Altering Substance)

    THESE OFFENSES MAY LEAD TO ARREST AND EXPULSION.

    Disciplinary Consequences for Vaping within School Grounds

    The Facts About Vaping

    Substance Abuse Prevention: E-Cigarette and Vaping School Curriculum & Resources

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Arrival/Tardy/Dismissal

    Arrival

    Students must arrive at school on time every day. Students should be in class by 7:15 AM. 

    Tardy

    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.

    Dismissal

    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 school's Welcome Center 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

  • Lockdown Drills

    Lockdown Drills have been mandated for all schools by the State of Florida to ensure the safety of our students and staff. These Lockdown 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 Lockdown 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.

    BCPS Emergency Response Protocols

  • 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 Welcome Center and present an official photo ID, ie. driver’s license, official state identification card, or a passport, to verify identity. 

    Students will only be released to individuals listed on their Emergency Contact Card.

  • Discipline Matrix

    Behavioral expectations for middle school lead to positive learning outcomes. Please take a moment to review our discipline matrix at Olsen MS.

    View the Olsen MS Discipline Matrix

  • 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

    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.

  • Cell Phone

    A student may possess a wireless communications device while the student is on school property or in attendance at a school function; however, a student may not use a wireless communications device during instructional time, except when expressly directed by a teacher solely for educational purposes.

    Florida CS/HB 379 Bill on Use of Wireless Communication Devices

  • Pick Up/Drop Off

    Controlling School Traffic is Essential for Safety

    Students must be picked up and dropped off in the car loop only. The entrance to the car loop is located on SE 11th Terrace. 

  • Absence Reporting/Attendance

    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/Make-Up 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.


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