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 health services provided by the District shall supplement, not replace, parental responsibility, and shall appraise, protect, and promote student health. These services shall be designed to encourage parents to devote attention to child health, to discover health problems, and to encourage the use of the services of physicians, dentists, and community health agencies as needed.

The School Board shall cooperate with the Miami-Dade County Health Department in providing professional medical supervision in all school health matters as required by the School Health Services Act F.S. 381.0056.

The District, the local health advisory council, and the Miami-Dade County Health Department shall jointly develop a school health services plan. Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, the plan shall be submitted to the Board for approval. The administrative guidelines implementing this plan can be found in the Manual for School Health Facilitators. The plan shall include provisions for the following: appraisal;

 B.the periodic review of student health records for compliance with State statutes;

 C.nurse assessment;

 D.nutrition assessment;

 E.a preventive dental program; screening;

 G.hearing screening;

 H.scoliosis screening;

 I.growth and development screening; counseling,

 K.referral and follow-up of suspected or confirmed health problems by the County Health Department,

 L.meeting emergency health needs in each school,

 M.county health department personnel to assist school personnel in health education and curriculum development,

 N.referral of students to appropriate health treatment, in cooperation with the private health community whenever possible,

 O.consultation with a studentís parent or guardian regarding the need for health attention by the family physician, dentist, or other specialist when definitive diagnosis or treatment is indicated,

 P.maintenance of records on incidents of health problems, corrective measures taken, and such other information as may be needed to plan and evaluate health programs; except, however, that provisions in the plan for the maintenance of health records for individual students must comply with Federal and State law, information which will be provided by the school health nurse, when necessary, regarding the placement of students in exceptional student programs and the reevaluation at periodic intervals of students placed in such programs, and

 R.notification to the local nonpublic schools of the school health services program and the opportunity for representatives of the local nonpublic schools to participate in the development of the cooperative health services plan.

If the District chooses to provide nonemergency physical exams or screenings, the Board shall directly notify the parents of students, at least annually at the beginning of the school year, of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening is scheduled or expected to be scheduled for students if examination or screening is: (1) required as a condition of attendance; (2) administered by the school and scheduled by the school in advance; and (3) not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a specific student, or other students.

The term "invasive physical examination" means any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.

Unless the physical examination or screening is permitted or required by an applicable State law, parents may refuse to allow the District to administer a nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening upon written notification to the District.

Mental Health Services

Mental health counseling services, case management services, and human and social services may be provided to students at a school site under mutual agreements with community-based public or private agencies. Each service provided shall be on a case-by-case basis with prior written approval of the student's parent or guardian.

The Superintendent shall assist schools in providing information to children and families by providing a directory of referral sources for professional mental health services for children and families in need of such services. All schools should reference the Referral Sources for Children and Families Manual for licensed mental health professionals. The following information should be listed in the directory:

 A.the location of a Referral Sources Manual;

 B.information on mental health referral;

 C.information on substance abuse referrals; numbers and addresses of mental health providers;

 E.a copy of the District's release letter for obtaining assistance;

 F.additional resource for outpatient/inpatient services;

 G.inpatient unit services for District children and adolescents; and

 H.employee assistance programs and contacts.

F.S. 381.0056, 1003.22
20 U.S.C. 1232(h)