School Protocols

  • Our school is proud to provide a safe and secure learning environment - an environment that fosters intellectual development, creativity, and friendships.  These policies and guidelines enable us to create, sustain, and grow this wonderful community at Watkins Elementary.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our School Policies. 

    Thank you.


    Safety & Security:

    Maintaining a safe campus is our priority here at Watkins Elementary. New guidelines and policies are being implemented districtwide in an effort to better secure our campuses. The District has mandated that once the school day begins, all perimeter gates must be locked except for one gate to allow for parent and visitor access to the school. This gate must be monitored at all times by school personnel. If personnel are not available to dedicate to this post, the gate must remain locked and visitors to the campus must call the school’s office to gain entry to the campus. Due to budgetary constraints, Watkins Elementary does not have any extra staff to dedicate to solely monitoring the front entrance gate, therefore, we will need to close and lock the gate. Please help us to keep our campus safe by adhering to the following expectations for arrival, dismissal, and access to the campus.  Visitors requiring access to the campus once the gates are locked, can contact the Front Office at 754 323 7800 and request access.  Gates will be unlocked at 7:30 a.m. and locked again at 8:15 a.m.  For dismissal, gates will be unlocked at 3:05 p.m. and locked again at 3:30 p.m. 


    Birthday Celebrations:

     If you choose to celebrate your child’s birthday at school.  Please note the following birthday celebration guidelines:

    1) Birthdays are recognized during lunch time in the cafeteria with cake/cupcakes that are purchased from a store. 

    2) Balloons and lighted candles are not allowed in schools. Please provide all utensils, plates etc. to serve the items purchased.

    3) Photos/videos of students within the cafeteria are not permitted.

    4). Parents are not permitted in the cafeteria for birthday celebrations.  The items should be dropped off in the Front Office and will be served by your child's teacher.

    Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment as your child celebrate their special day.




    Pursuant to the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 USC §1232h; 34 CFR Part 98), parents, guardians, or eligible students (over the age of 18 or emancipated) have certain rights pertaining to surveys, the collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These rights are as follows:

    1. The right to give prior written consent before students are required to submit to surveys concerning protected information (regarding political affiliation or beliefs; mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family, sex behavior or attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of others with whom survey respondents have close family relationships; legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers; religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education,

    2. The right to opt a student out of participation in any other protected information survey, regardless of funding,

    3. The right to opt a student out of any non-emergency invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of school attendance administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student. The right to opt out does not apply to hearing, vision, scoliosis or body mass index screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law, except on grounds of religious beliefs or physician certifications pursuant to F.S. 1003.22(5).

    4. The right to opt a student out of activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others, and

    5. The right to inspect, upon request and prior to administration or use (a) protected information surveys of students, (b) instruments used to collect personal information from students for any marketing, sales, or distribution purposes, and (c) instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum. The District will ensure that student privacy is protected in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing,

    sales, or other distribution purposes. The District will directly notify parents of their PPRA rights at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. The District will also directly notify (including, but not limited to, mail, e-mail, in-person, or by acknowledgement form) parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted above and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or

    survey. The District will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys and will be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys and to review any pertinent surveys. Those who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202. If you wish to discuss and try to resolve any PPRA concerns before contacting the Family Policy Compliance Office, you may contact The School Board of Broward County, Florida’s Privacy Officer at 754-321-1914.