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.
Students arriving after 9:30 AM will be considered TARDY. If students arrive after 9:30 AM, the student will need to obtain a pass from the front office to be admitted to class.
The dismissal time is 4:20 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 3:50 PM. No students will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to the last bell for safety reasons.
Campus Food Sales
Food Sales on Campus - Campus food deliveries and restaurant sales to students are not permitted per School Board Policy 3.2, which states:
"Only organizations approved by the school board may sell food and beverage items in accordance with the rules listed in this policy. Such services shall be in accordance with federal laws, Florida statutes, Florida State Board of Education administrative rules, board policy, rules, regulations and guidelines, as well as Broward Health Department Sanitation Rules."
Food sales on campus must not interfere with the Food Service Program. In high schools, all foods sold in competition with food service, shall take place one hour following the close of the last school lunch period.
Sales and deliveries of food/candy on campus disrupt the orderly conduct of the school (School Board Policy 4018), and are not permitted. Additionally, the safety and security of students could be compromised through the acceptance of food items from vendors. Deliveries from Uber and/or Uber Eats are not permitted.
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.
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.
All students at Nova High School are required to follow the Code of Student Conduct guidelines as it pertains to the school dress code. Any student that does not follow the Broward County dress code will be subject to consequences. Section III of the Code of Student Conduct states that all trousers, including oversized or low-hanging trousers, must be worn and secured at waist level. Other clothing not allowed are: leggings without overblouses (long shirts) that reach mid-thigh, tights, bodysuits, or hosiery, including those with lace trim, and bicycle racing attire unless they are worn underneath dresses, skirts, or shorts of appropriate length. If a student is caught not following this rule, consequences may include a warning, after-school detention, loss of activities, or internal suspension.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact your student's Grade Level Administrator.
In an effort to allocate limited funds toward educational resources, Nova High School will not be sending home hard copies of student interim reports. Parents/Guardians will be able to access interim grades, attendance information, and class assignments on the Pinnacle Internet Viewer. If you would like to have a hard copy of your child's interim report, please contact your student's Grade Level Office for a printed copy. Thank you.
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.
Students must have a decal to park in the student parking areas.
Please do not leave valuables in your car.
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.
Security for Football Games
Please be advised of the following reminders and changes to security protocols:
Spectator/Every Gate Security Check
- Ticket Required, no re-admittance. If someone leaves, they cannot return.
- Large bags and book bags are NOT permitted inside athletic events.
- Only clear bags or small handbags no larger than 12” x 12” are permitted.
- Diaper bags will be searched before being allowed inside the stadium.
- No tickets will be sold after the start of the 4th quarter
- Students who plan on attending an evening home game must depart campus by 4:50 PM and cannot return until 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.
- Students who re-enter campus are not permitted to linger unsupervised.
- Students are reminded that supervision ends 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
- Coaches are responsible for monitoring student-athletes at the conclusion of the game.
These are expectations that must be followed per district policy. Thank you for your cooperation.
Student ID Badge
In our continuous efforts to ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, and visitors at Nova High School, we are requiring all students to wear identification (ID) badges at all times while on campus. ID badges have been issued to all students free of charge. If a student loses their ID badge, a replacement ID badge will be needed.
The fee to reprint and reissue an ID badge is $5.00, after the fourth badge.
If a student is not able to pay the replacement fee for the ID badge the fee will be recorded as an obligation until the amount is paid.
Students who are not wearing an ID badge are subject to disciplinary action, as this requirement is mandated by the School Board of Broward County.
We will require all visitors to check in with the Star System at the Welcome Center. All visitors must wear the temporary ID badge provided to them throughout the duration of their visit. Safety is our first priority, and we must rely on everyone’s cooperation so that we may continue to provide the best educational experience for our students.
Thank you in advance for your continued support with this and all other matters at Nova High School. If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school at 754-323-1650.
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO WEAR THEIR ID BADGES AT ALL TIMES
- Student’s ID badges must be visible and not in book bags, pockets, or under clothing.
- Student ID badges must be replaced immediately when lost, damaged beyond recognition, or
unavailable during the school day. Students should report to their grade level secretary.
- Students who are not wearing an ID badge are subject to disciplinary action, as this
requirement is mandated by the School Board of Broward County.