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.

  • Clinic Expectations

    General Clinic Expectations

    The school maintains a health clinic located in the Administration Office, available for emergencies only. Students who are too ill to stay in class are too ill to stay in school. Parents will be notified to pick up their children. It is important that the Emergency and Health Cards reflect up-to-date information on health problems, addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contacts. No medication will be administered or dispensed to any student without the specific authorization from the Health Director of the Broward County Health Unit. Forms may be obtained at the school's front desk. Students are prohibited from visiting the clinic between classes.

    Dispensing of Medications

    If a student needs to take prescription or non-prescription medication during the school day, he/she must bring the medication and the Medical Authorization Form to the clinic. The physician must complete before medication is accepted and permission granted. Forms are available in the main office or by clicking the following for printable copies.

  • 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.

    Call: 754-321-0911
    Text: 'SBBC' space with your text message to 274637 (CRIMES)
    Email: school911@browardschools.com

  • 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. 

    Student Parking

    Students must have a decal to park in the student parking areas. 

    Please do not leave valuables in your car.

  • Arrival/Tardy/Dismissal

    Arrival

    Students must arrive at school on time every day. School begins at 9:10 a.m. Students may enter the building at 8:45 a.m. Students arriving after 9:20 a.m. must report to the Attendance Office.

    Tardy

    If students arrive tardy to school, but before 9:20 AM, they should report to class. Students arriving after 9:20 AM will be considered TARDY. If students arrive after 9:20 AM, the student will need to obtain a pass from the front office to be admitted to class.

    Dismissal

    School ends at 3:40 p.m. Everyone must be off campus by 4:05 p.m.

    The last sign-out for students is 3:10 p.m. (School Board Policy #5.5). No students shall be released within the final 30 minutes of the school day unless the principal/designee determines it is an emergency. Parents who wish to remove their children from school during the day should report to the Administration Office. Only those persons listed by parents on the parent information forms will be allowed to remove students from school. Proper identification is required before any child is released. Parents are requested to send notes with students indicating the date and time their children will be taken off-campus.

    Early release dismissal is at 1:44 p.m.

  • 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.

  • 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
    • Passport

  • 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.

    Learn more about the Unified Dress Code at Tequesta Trace MS

  • Cell Phone

    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

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    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.

  • 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/Makeup Work.


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