The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The following definitions apply to these policies:


Administrative Procedures


A statement, based on policy, usually written, which outlines and/or describes the means by which a policy should be implemented and provides for the management cycle of planning, action, and assessment or evaluation.




The School Board of Miami-Dade County.




Policy of the Board for its own governance.




The presiding officer of the Board. (See Bylaw 0163)


Compulsory School Age


All children who have attained the age of six (6) years or who will have attained the age of six (6) years by February 1st of any school year or who are older than six (6) years of age but who have not attained the age of sixteen (16) years, except as otherwise provided in Florida statute, who are required to attend school regularly during the entire school term. F.S. 1003.21




The School District. When referencing this School District, District will be capitalized.


District-Based Noninstructional Administrators


Persons with District-level administrative or policymaking duties who have broad authority for the management of policies and general District operations related to the noninstructional program. These personnel often report directly to the Superintendent and supervise other administrative employees. Also includes assistant, associate, or deputy superintendents and directors of major noninstructional areas, such as personnel, construction, facilities, transportation, data processing, and finance. (F.S. 1012.01(2)(b))


Due Process


Legal safeguards to which a person is entitled in order to protect his/her rights.


Full Board


Authorized number of voting members entitled to govern the District. There are nine (9) voting members of the Board.


Major Tangible Personal School Property


Any tangible personal property, of a nonconsumable nature, owned by the Board which has a capitalized value equal to or greater than the value defined in Florida statute and a normal life expectancy of one (1) year or more. (F.S. 274)




This word is used when an action by the Board or its designee is permitted but not required.




Any gathering attended by or open to all members of the Board and held with the intent on the part of the members of the body present to discuss or act as a unit upon the specific public business of that body. All meetings shall comply with the Florida Sunshine Laws.


Minor Tangible Personal School Property


Items that are tangible, of a nonconsumable nature, with a life expectancy of one (1) year or more and with a value less than that amount defined in Florida statute. (F.S. 274)




The natural, adoptive, foster or surrogate parents, the party designated by the courts as the legal guardian or custodian of a student, any person in a parental relationship to a student or any person exercising supervisory authority over a student in place of the parent.


F.S. 1000.21
34 C.F.R. 99.3




A general written statement by the Board defining its expectations or position on a particular matter and authorizing appropriate action that must or may be taken to establish and/or maintain those expectations. The term policy and rule have the same meaning.




The administrative and supervisory head of the school assigned by the Board and responsible for the enforcement of all Board regulations and Florida statutes which pertain to the office.


In policy, the use of the word "Principal" authorizes delegation of responsibilities to appropriate staff members. (F.S. 1001.41, 1212.28)




All buildings, grounds, and other real or personal school property belonging to, held by, or used by the Board.


Real Property


Property used as a site or school plant for purposes of carrying out the Districtís program or mission including any equipment which is permanently attached to or is an integral part of the building or site.




A father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, domestic partner, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, grandfather, grandmother, grandchild or any person who resides in the same residence.




A statement of general applicability that implements, interprets, or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedures or practice requirements of the District, including any form which imposes any requirement or solicits any information not specifically required by statute or existing rule. The term "rule" and "policy" have the same meaning.


F.S. 120.52(16)


School Property Custodian


The person responsible for the custody of property under his/her control as delegated by the Superintendent or the Board. This is not to be confused with the building custodian who is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the building and grounds.




Word used when an action by the Board or its designee is required. The words "will" or "must" also signify a required action.




A person who is officially enrolled in a school or program of the District.




The chief executive officer of the District. In policy, the use of the word "Superintendent" authorizes delegation of responsibilities to appropriate staff members.




Learning material duly adopted and required as standard work for the study of a particular subject. It may be bound and printed with a hard or soft cover, or it may be electronic, e.g., computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, CD ROM, computer courseware, on-line service, electronic medium, or other means of conveying information.




The Vice-Chair of the Board.




A meeting called by the Board Chair, Superintendent, or a majority of the Board for the purpose of exploring matters that constitute the business of the District.

Statutory and Code of Notations - A. Citations to Florida statute are noted as F.S. B. Citations to the rules of the State Board of Education are noted as F.A.C. (Florida Administrative Code) C. Citations to the Federal Register are noted as F.R. D. Citations to the Code of Federal Regulations are noted as C.F.R. E. Citations to the United States Code are noted as U.S.C.

F.S. 274, 1001.41, 1012.01(2)(b)