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2024-2025 IRMS Back to School FAQ

Back to School at the Ridge:  Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Indian Ridge Middle School, we believe that parental involvement is a key factor in the success of our students. We encourage, welcome, and greatly appreciate our parents to participate at the Ridge. To achieve this goal, Indian Ridge has compiled a list of commonly asked questions and answers.


Q: When can I pick up my child's schedule? 

A: Schedule Pick Up is by grade level on THURSDAY, AUGUST 8TH, 2024.

  • 6th Grade: 1-2pm
  • 7th Grade: 2-3pm
  • 8th Grade: 3-4pm

PTO registration, Before/After Care information, and PE Uniforms will be available at Schedule Pick Up.

Students will also be provided with a copy of their schedule on the first day of school. 

Q: When is the first day of school? 

A: The first day of school for the 2024-2025 school year is Monday, August 12th, 2024. 

Q: At what time does school start and end?

A: School hours are from 9:25am-4:00pm.

Students may arrive as early as 8:45am.

Parents are kindly asked not to drop students off on school grounds prior to 8:45 am as there is NO security and NO adult supervision prior to that time.

Q: At what time do students get out on Early Release days?

A: Early Release dismissal is at 2:00pm.

Q: Is there a cut off time for signing out students early? 

A: Yes, Indian Ridge Middle School has specific cut-off times for signing out your child if being picked up early from school.

3:30pm on a regular school day and 1:30pm on Early Release days.

Q: Where is the child pick-up/drop-off location?

A: The pick-up/drop-off location is past the main entrance of the school at the next light at SW 13th Street. Make a right onto SW 13th and pull into the car-line to drop off your child at the front of the school. 

DO NOT drop off students on Nob Hill Road, the bus entrance, the teacher parking lot, Fox Trail, or Burger King. Additionally, do not block traffic in the turn lanes into the school. Davie PD will assist in aiding the flow of traffic. 

DO NOT block turn lanes into the school at ANY TIME.

 

Q: What is Indian Ridge Middle School’s website address?

A: https://www.browardschools.com/indianridge

Q: Does Broward County Public School offer school bus transportation services to students?

A: YES, school bus transportation services are offered and available through the BCPS Student Transportation & Fleet Services Department.

All current or eligible students using bus transportation for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year must register for a bus assignment. 

www.browardschools.com/register2ride

To qualify for school bus transportation the student’s residential address must be outside of a two-mile radius from school. Please allow 2-4 school days from the time of registration for bus information to appear on Virtual Counselor. 

Q: Does Indian Ridge Middle School have a unified dress code?

A: YES, Indian Ridge Middle School has a unified dress code that is mandatory and enforced. Studies have shown that a unified dress code policy will promote safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment. Visitors on campus will be evident, students will not compete with designer clothes, and the focus will be on academic achievement. Provisions will be made for students who, by reason of financial hardship, cannot comply with the policy. Students must come dressed in their uniform on their first day.

Our Unified Dress Code for SY 24-25 consists of the following: 

Tops

COLORS: White, teal, black

Bottoms 

COLORS: Khaki, black, navy/blue, or gray

  • Collared polo shirts ONLY
  • Uniform shirts are NOT REQUIRED to have school logo, but must be school colors. 
  • Non-IRMS hoodies/sweatshirts MAY NOT BE WORN to cover uniform shirt
  • Bottoms include: 
    • Trousers, shorts, capris, or skorts 
    • BLUE or BLACK jeans 
    • GREY or BLACK joggers
  • NO SWEATPANTS, LEGGINGS, YOGA PANTS, or GYM SHORTS.
  • All bottoms must be worn secure at waist. 

Additional Requirements:

  • School IDs must be worn at ALL TIMES.
  • Closed-toed shoes are required.
    • NO CROCS, SLIDES, SLIPPERS, SANDALS OR FLIP FLOPS ARE PERMITTED.
  • IRMS Spirit T-shirts are permitted ON FRIDAYS ONLY.
  • NO RIPPED JEANS.
  • Students MUST wear uniforms every day, including Early Release Days, Holidays, and Field Trips.
  • PE shirts and shorts are not to be worn in place of the school uniform. 
  • Writing on uniforms is prohibited. 
  • No sweatbands allowed.

After registering your student, you can purchase logo polo shirts from PlanetT (planettkids.net or 954-538-0066) in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Spirit Shirts and PE Uniforms are available on IRMS PTO's webstore.

Q: Do you have lockers?

A: No, students must bring their backpacks to school every day.

Q: What is the cost for my child’s lunch?

A: Free breakfast is provided for enrolled students. Lunch is available for students at a cost. The student may also bring his/her own lunch.

Q: Can I pay for student obligations (i.e. lost textbooks, field trips, yearbook, band, etc.) online?

A: Yes, student obligations can be paid online via the BCPS’s E-Store Payment System. E-store may be accessed at https://estore.browardschools.com

Q: What is the Broward County Public Schools website address and phone number?

A: Broward County Public Schools website www.browardschools.com. 754-321-0000

Q: Does Indian Ridge offer Before and After Care?

A: YES. Click here for the Before & After Care section of our website.

Before Care is open from 7-9am. Pull into the main entrance, identify yourself to security, then drop off your child along the curb in front of the front doors. At 9:00 a.m., the program is over, and students are dismissed to the courtyard/cafeteria area. First period begins at 9:30 a.m.

After Care is available from 4-6:30pm. Between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., parents or other registered adults will pull into the main entrance of the school, identify themselves to security, and pull up along the curb in front of the front doors to pick up students.

Q: What are the requested school supplies? How can I obtain a school supply list?

A: Each individual teacher will provide students/parents with a school supply list to suit their subject needs during the first day of school.

However, below is a list of generally recommended items to get you off to a great start:

Suggested school supplies:

  • Pocket folders for each subject
  • One 3 ring binder (1 inch, flexible)
  • Dividers with 3 tabs
  • Loose Leaf Paper (Filler Paper)
  • 2 Composition Books
  • 2 Spiral Notebooks
  • Pens (blue, black, red)
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Zippered Writing Utensils Holder
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • 1 Pack Colored Pencils
  • Crayons (24 pack)
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • 1 Highlighter
  • Pink Erasers
  • Tissues (6th Grade Only)
  • Copy Paper 8.5” X 11”
  • Flash Drive (recommended, but not required)
  • Index Cards (small, medium)
  • Calculator (7th & 8th grades)

Q: Can I access my child’s grades online?

A: YES. Register for the Focus portal here. 

Beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, Broward Schools is using the new Focus portal. This portal replaces Pinnacle and Virtual Counselor, providing parents with all student information in one location. 

Q: How can I become a volunteer?

A: All adult volunteers are asked to complete a new application for the upcoming school year at browardschools.com/volunteerapplication.

Students who wish to volunteer may contact the Athletics and Student Activities department at 754-321-1201

Q: What are the ways that I as a parent can be more involved and informed?

Indian Ridge Middle School’s website: https://www.browardschools.com/indianridge

PTO Website: https://irmspto.ch2v.com/index.asp?PageID=0

Join the PTO and be on our email list for timely updates on volunteer opportunities, sports, clubs, and school events!

Want to get involved? Go to the PTO website, and register using the login page. View the calendar of events to sign up for a volunteer shift. For any questions email PTO at irmspto@gmail.com.

Q: Does Indian Ridge Middle School offer before/after school extra-curricular activities?

A: YES, Indian Ridge Middle School offers a wide variety of before/after school extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to:

Anime Club, Debate Club, FFEA, Student Council, NJHS,  CHOC, Dungeons & Dragons Club, First Priority, Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, Basketball, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Flag Football, and Track and Field.

Note: Practice for sports may be before or after school, but not on weekends.

Students interested in being part of a school team must submit all required paperwork, including proof of a current physical prior to trying out. Doctors’ visits MUST take place after June 10th, 2024, so that there is no overlap in season/medical clearance. All forms must be submitted on the website  www.registermyathlete.com and should NOT be turned into the school.

Please visit this site (www.registermyathlete.com), register your child, and upload all your completed forms. It is best to register your child for ALL sports, in the event they choose to try out for more than one sport.

Tryouts for golf, cross country, and soccer will begin at the start of the school year. Please register your student ASAP so they don't miss out!