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.


Participation in foreign study programs abroad is to be determined by the student and parent. Neither the School Board nor its employees shall endorse a specific foreign study program. The Board does not participate in and is not in any way responsible for the activities of the program. The Boardís role is limited to determining whether credits received by students in these programs may be transferred to District graduation requirements.

If an organization or entity wishes to address students about participating in a foreign study program, the principal of the school may authorize the use of school facilities for this purpose, subject to policies for the use of facilities and the following conditions:

 A.Activities designed to foster participation in a foreign study program must be conducted at a time and place, and in such a manner that such activities will not disrupt scheduled instructional programs.

 B.Participation of students in such activities shall be voluntary.

 C.At such activities, the organization or entity fostering a foreign study program shall provide orally and in writing a prepared statement absolving the Board and its employees of any liability for a student's safety, health, or other event that may endanger the participant while en route to, participating in, or returning from a foreign study program abroad.

Prior approval by the Superintendent shall be required before a student participates in a foreign study program abroad. Requests to enroll in these programs shall be made to the Principal, then directed to the Region Superintendent. Prior permission of a parent shall also be required before a student under age eighteen (18) participates in a foreign study program abroad.

Participation in a foreign study program abroad shall follow an instructional plan to be developed based on the individual student's needs. The instructional plan will include:

 A.instructional objectives that align with District's curriculum requirements;

 B.a description of the criteria and method for assessing student performance; outline of specific instructional activities, materials, and learning environments.

Participation is subject to the oversight of a credentialed teacher who will review the instructional plan, provide or supervise instruction, and evaluate student performance.

If a student participates in a foreign study program abroad, the Board will withdraw the student's name from the active membership file of the school the student attends for the period of time the student is not in attendance at that school.

Credit shall be granted to the student upon successful completion of the program. The credit shall be placed on the student transcript. A maximum of eight (8) credits earned from foreign study program abroad may be counted toward graduation requirements.

F.S. 1001.28, 1001.43