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.


Providing students with experiences as part of their preparation for productive employment is a valuable part of the Districtís educational program. The Superintendent may develop work-site training programs as part of the career-technical education curriculum and administrative procedures to review programs and determine whether or not an employer relationship has been established. Particular attention should be paid to community-based programs for special education students and to career-technical education programs in which students are producing goods or services for sale and the District is the recipient of the income.

 A.Age Certificates - Issuing Centers
  Age certificates (Form FM 5418) are issued by the Division of Career and Technical Education and by appointed personnel in all District secondary schools. Career-technical cooperative education teachers in senior high schools issue these certificates for students enrolled in a career-technical cooperative education program. Principals, assistant principals, and occupational specialists will be familiar with the procedures that must be followed in securing an age certificate.
  Proof of age is required for all minors gainfully employed between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) (F.S. 450.045).
  Promise of Employment Forms (FM 1768) are available through all senior high schools and the Division of Career and Technical Education.

 B.Procedures for the Issuance of Age Certificates

  1.All minors under sixteen (16) years of age must secure a Promise of Employment Form and have it completed by their employer before requesting an Age certificate (FM 5418). The minor must take this completed form to one of the issuing schools with a social security card or application and a birth certificate, or some other acceptable proof of age (F.S. 1003.21). (A school record may be used if the record has been in existence for four (4) or more years.) The parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the age certificate.

  2.Minors between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18):

   a.A Promise of Employment Form (FM1768) is not required for this age group.

   b.All minors sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age enrolled in a career-technical cooperative education program will be issued an Age Certificate.

 C.General Labor Regulations
  The stronger State or Federal law shall prevail.

  1.State Regulations

   a.fourteen (14) through fifteen (15) years of age:

    1)Students may not work before 7:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. when school is scheduled for the following day.

    2)Not more than three (3) hours on a school day or any day that precedes a school day unless enrolled in cooperative education classes.

    3)Not more than six (6) consecutive days in a week.

    4)Not more than fifteen (15) hours a week.

    5)Not in hazardous occupations, as defined in F.S. 450.061.

    6)Fourteen (14) - fifteen (15) year-olds who hold a valid certificate of exemption under F.S. 1003.21, are exempt from these limits.

   b.Sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age (unless granted a waiver from the Florida Department of Labor):

    1)May not work prior to 6:30 a.m. or after 11:00 p.m. or for more than eight (8) hours in any one day when school is scheduled for the following day.

    2)Not more than forty (40) hours a week, unless a high school graduate or married minor with proof of marriage.

    3)Not more than six (6) consecutive days a week.

  2.Federal Regulations - fourteen (14) through fifteen (15) years of age

   a.Students may work between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., except 9:00 p.m. during summer vacation.

   b.Three (3) hours on a school day.

   c.Not more than eight (8) hours on a non school day.

   d.Not more than twenty-three (23) hours a week if in a cooperative education class.

   e.Not more than eighteen (18) hours a week if not in a cooperative education class.

   f.Forty (40) hours per week during vacations when school is not in session.

   g.Not more than six (6) consecutive days a week.

F.S. 1001.42
F.A.C. 6A-6.055