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 School Board shall assist all students in developing the values and strength of character needed for them to become caring, responsible citizens at home, school, and in the community. Nine (9) core values form the basis for the character education program. These values are Citizenship, Cooperation, Fairness, Honesty, Kindness, Integrity, Pursuit of Excellence, Respect, and Responsibility. The District shall provide teachers with curricular materials and professional development designed to support classroom instruction on the nine (9) core values.

The nine (9) core values are defined as follows:

 A.Citizenship - Students will help to create a society based upon democratic values; e.g., rule of law, equality of opportunity, due process, reasoned argument, representative government, checks and balances, rights and responsibilities, and democratic decision-making.

 B.Cooperation - Students will work together toward goals.

 C.Fairness - Students will treat people impartially, not play favorites, be open-minded, and maintain an objective attitude toward those whose actions and ideas are different from their own.

 D.Honesty - Students will deal truthfully with people, be sincere, not deceive them or steal from them, not cheat or lie.

 E.Integrity - Students will stand up for their beliefs about right and wrong and resist social pressure to do wrong.

 F.Kindness - Students will be sympathetic, helpful, compassionate, benevolent, agreeable, and gentle toward people and other living things.

 G.Pursuit of Excellence - Students will do their best with the talents they have, striving toward a goal, and not giving up.

 H.Respect - Students will show regard for the worth and dignity of all people, be courteous and polite, and judge all people on their merits. Respect takes three major forms: respect for oneself, respect for other people, and respect for other living things and the environment.

 I.Responsibility - Students will think before they act and be accountable for their actions, pay attention to others, and respond to their needs. Responsibility includes the affirmative obligation to care for each other.