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!
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 period begins at 9:15 AM. Students should be in class at that time. We do not have bells on campus. We expect students to be on time to class.
Students arriving after 9:15 AM will be considered TARDY. If students arrive after 9:15 AM, the student will need to obtain a pass from the High School Student Services Office to be admitted to class. If the reason for the TARDY is a late drop off, the parent will need to contact the office with the reason for it being excused. Allowable reasons for excusing tardies are defined in the Attendance Policy 5.5.
The dismissal time is 4:10 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 3:49 PM. No students will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to the end of the school day 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.
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.
Only the parent or the legal guardian who enrolled the student into school has the authority to give permission for that student to sign in or sign out of school. For security reasons, McFatter Technical High School policy requires that a parent must accompany their child when they sign-in/out of school.