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.


Curriculum may include instruction about the religions of the world as appropriate to the various ages and educational level of the students. It is also permissible to consider religious influences on art, music, literature, and social studies. Although the District may teach about religious holidays, including their religious aspects, and may celebrate the secular aspects of holidays, schools may not observe holidays as religious events or promote such observance by students. (See Policy 8800)

Students should receive unbiased instruction so they may privately accept or reject the knowledge according to their own religious beliefs. Students may express their religious beliefs in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free of discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions. Home and classwork should be judged by ordinary academic standards of substance and relevance, and against other legitimate pedagogical concerns identified by the school.

No student shall be exempted from attendance in a required course of study on the grounds that the instruction interferes with the free exercise of his/her religion.

F.S. 1003.45
U.S. Consti. Amend. 1