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.
Students must arrive at school on time every day. The first bell rings at 8:00 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.
Our School Dress Code
In June of 1997, the School Board of Broward County adopted a district-wide mandatory uniform policy. This policy states that any Broward County elementary school is eligible to participate in a school-wide mandatory uniform program if two-thirds of the parent households vote in approval of the policy.
In 1998, more than two-thirds of the parent households voted to implement a mandatory school uniform policy at Hawkes Bluff Elementary School. Since that time, all students are required to wear their uniform attire to school. Uniform shirts (polo style) are embroidered with the mascot and school name and are available in white, hunter green, and navy blue. We have also added a short sleeve denim shirt to the uniform policy. Uniform pants or shorts colors are navy blue or khaki.
Several studies have indicated benefits of uniform programs in the form of improved school safety and the maintenance of a positive learning climate. We strongly encourage all of our students to comply with the mandatory school uniform policy. Students who have not secured a uniform waiver within the first ten school days and violate the school uniform policy shall be subject to the same consequences as violating the dress code as noted in the Broward County Elementary Code of Student Conduct .
If the mandatory uniform policy poses a financial hardship for a family at Hawkes Bluff Elementary, assistance may be requested to obtain school uniforms. Kindly contact Mrs. Tanke, guidance counselor, for additional information at 754-323-6100.
Parents may request an exemption for their child(ren) from participating in the mandatory uniform policy. An application for exemption must be completed in full by the parent and must be submitted to the principal. Applications for exemptions are available in the school office. All applications for exemption must be completed and returned to school within the first ten school days of the school year.
Thank you for supporting our mandatory school uniform policy at Hawkes Bluff Elementary School.
Benefits of a Uniform Policy
Research suggests that school uniforms:
- Improve discipline, self-esteem and self-respect.
- Focus the student towards learning.
- Eliminate the fear of whether their clothing choice will be acceptable by peers.
- Strengthens school pride.
- Identify student population from strangers on school grounds.
- Cost effective.
All children should start wearing their school uniform on the very first day of school this August. Please call us at school if you have any questions or concerns.
A Parent or Guardian may request by mail, or in person, an application for an exemption from the uniform program. Exemption waivers must be completed by the 10th day of the student's enrollment.
Hawkes Bluff PTA is responsible for uniform vendor selection.
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.