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 a 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.
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 area(s).
Parking decals are available through Administration, baring availability and eligibility.
Please do not leave valuables in your car.
Students must arrive at school on time every day. The first bell rings at 7:35 AM. Students should be in class by the second bell at 7:40 AM.
Students arriving after 7:40 AM will be considered TARDY. If students arrive after 7:40 AM, the student will need to obtain a pass from the front office to be admitted to class.
The dismissal time is 2:40 PM. All students are expected to remain in school for the entire school day. No students will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to the last bell for safety reasons.
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.
Parents & Visitors
All visitors including parents must check into the Front 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
Students have a responsibility to dress neatly and appropriately, to be clean and well groomed, whether on campus, participating in a school-sponsored activity, or in the e-learning environment. A student’s appearance on screen during e-learning instruction must conform to the dress code. All students are expected to honor their responsibilities and dress in a way that respects the rights of others.
Possession of a wireless communication device that disrupts the educational process is a violation of the student Code of Conduct. Cellular phones, camera phones, and pagers are prohibited at all times during class unless specifically instructed to do so as part of the lesson.
Pick Up/Drop Off
Controlling School Traffic is Essential for Safety
Students should be picked up and dropped off at the car loops only. For safety reasons, parents are not allowed to walk their children to their classrooms.
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 2:00 p.m.
- Parents have 2 days (48 hours) in which to report an absence.
- Make up work for credit and grade is allowed for ALL absences. Learn more about Homework/Makeup Work.
Report an absence during eLearning
eLearning Phase 2: Students Learning at School or Home
To Report an Absence: If your child will be absent from school and will not participate in eLearning from home, please use the Online Absence Reporting Form or Attendance Hotline to communicate the absence.
New Attendance Code: To help school staff track which students are learning from home, a new code was created. An "H" in Pinnacle Attendance means the student was present for eLearning at home during their scheduled class time.
Parents are encouraged to report their child's excused absence. There are two social distancing options to report an absence:
- Submit an online form by clicking on the link above or in the BCPS Mobile App (Directory icon), or
- Leave a message at the school's attendance hotline
When reporting an absence, please include the following information:
- Name of parent reporting absence
- Phone number of parent reporting absence
- Child’s first and last name
- Child’s school ID number or date of birth
- Child's grade level
- Date of absence
- Reason for absence
Parents are expected to report absences within two days of the absence. If requested by the school, the parent must provide documentation of an illness from a licensed health care practitioner.
Students must be in school unless the absence has been permitted or excused for one of the reasons listed below:
- Illness of student (Physical or Mental Health)
- Illness of an immediate family member
- Death in the family
- Religious holiday
- Required court appearance or subpoena
- Special event
- Scheduled medical or dental appointment
- Student has a communicable disease
- eLearning: Technology issue (device or internet)
- eLearning: Username/Password issue
Students on field trips, attending alternative to suspension programs, or in internal suspension programs are not considered absent.
For more information about attendance, policies, or procedures, visit browardschools.com/attendance.
School-wide Positive Behavior Plan
For Cooper City High's School-wide Positive Behavior Plan (SPBP) Please Click Here.