What to know about school buses and traffic
Here’s is everything you’ll need to help your child transition smoothly into the new school year.
When does school start?
Miami-Dade: Aug. 19
Broward County: Aug. 14
Monroe County: Aug. 14
Private schools have their own individual start date. Visit the school’s website for more information.
Key Online Resources
Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe County have “Parent Portals” that are the best go-to resources for most concerns.
Monroe County: monroe.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus/?skipSAML
Find your school
Not entirely sure what school your child can attend? Just click these links and type in your address. It’ll show you the nearby schools along with individual information including the school’s address and website.
Monroe: While the district doesn’t have a “find your school” search it does have an interactive map which shows each school’s boundary.
Parents can enter their home address in the map to see which boundary the resident falls in. You can find the map here: fl02202360.schoolwires.net/Page/653
Find your bus stop
You will usually receive this information in the mail, but if you haven’t, do the following:
Miami-Dade: Log in to your “Parent Portal” at dadeschools.net/parents.asp and click on “BUS INFO.”
Broward: Students will receive their bus route information by mail. This will include the bus route number they should look for next to the bus’s door, their bus stop location and the pick up/drop off times for the bus stop.
Monroe: Click on the school to view the route, the stops and the pick up/drop off times. You can find the info here: https://www.keysschools.com/Page/561
If the bus is late
Traffic will be heavier, especially during the first few weeks of school. Give drivers 10 to 15 minutes before calling.
Miami-Dade: Know you child’s bus route number then call the corresponding transportation center number. The numbers of all centers can be found at dot.dadeschools.net under the “Contacts and Locations” tab.
Broward: Know you child’s bus route number then call the corresponding transportation center number listed here: pupiltrans.org/terminals.html
Monroe: If the bus is running late, call 305-293-1400. Depending on what area you’re in, these are the following extensions:
Key West - 53401
Sugarloaf - 50348
Marathon - 59399
Upper Keys - 53431
If you’re trying to plan a vacation and want to know when school is closed, these calendars are the best way to go. Keep in mind this may change if a hurricane comes.
Should your child eat lunch at school or bring food from home? You can always check the menu online to see what’s being offered.
Miami-Dade: To see what is offered for breakfast and lunch, visit dadeschools.nutrislice.com/menu
Broward: You can see what your child’s individual school is offering throughout the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner by visiting https://schools.mealviewer.com/results/broward%20county
Monroe: To see what the district offers students for breakfast and lunch, visit https://fl02202360.schoolwires.net/Page/5819
School Police Contacts
No matter what school your child attends, call 911 if it’s emergency.
Miami-Dade Schools Police:
Non-emergencies, 305-995- COPS (2677)
Report a Crime Tip: (954) 493-TIPS (8477)
Report Abuse: (800) 96-ABUSE (22873)
Broward Schools Police:
Non-emergencies, call 754-321-0725
Text: Send a message to 274637 (CRIMES). Your message must begin with “SBBC” and then a space.
Send an anonymous tip: browardschools.com/Page/35294
“FortifyFL” is a recently new app Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe school districts are recommending students, teachers and other school personnel download to their phone. The app allows users to report suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement agencies and school officials.
The app is available free in the Apple and Android app store. Tips can remain anonymous. To see how it works, visit getfortifyfl.com
The app was created and funded by the 2018 Florida Legislature as part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act and was named by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“Dadeschools Mobile” is available for free in the Apple and Android app stores. It gives parents, students and employees up-to-date school information including class schedules, bus route, school information and personalized info.
“Broward County Public Schools” is available for free in the Apple and Android app stores. It gives parents, students and employees up-to-date school information including real-time daily attendance, assignments and meal menus.
“MCSD Mobile” is available for free in app stores. It gives parents, students and employees up-to-date school information including announcements, school social media sites and the FOCUS Parent Portal.
Almost every school has their own social media parents and students can follow to stay up-to-date with what’s happening. Most of them use Twitter, but some also have Facebook and Instagram.
The districts themselves also have social media you can follow.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools:
Twitter - @MDCPS
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/miamischools/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/miamischools/?hl=en
MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho - @MiamiSup on Twitter
Broward County Public Schools:
Twitter - @BrowardSchools
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/browardschools
BCPS Superintendent Robert Runcie - @RobertwRuncie on Twitter