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 purpose of this policy is to establish consistent procedures for the use of audiovisual materials such as film, videotape, CD, DVD, etc., for classroom instruction.

 A.The instructional use of audio visual materials must: and be consistent with School Board education goals, policies, and specific course objectives;

  2.adhere to copyright laws and the "fair use" doctrine permitting the use of copyrighted works for instructional purposes;
   Fair use does not include performances for recreation or entertainment purposes. (see U.S. Copyright Office at based on age and grade appropriateness and instructional relevance; and

  4.include close scrutiny by instructor prior to use. It is the instructor's responsibility to view and/or listen to materials, assuring compliance with this policy.

 B.The use of audiovisual materials from sources other than the school collection or the WLRN Instructional Television Services collection must:

  1.adhere to all the criteria listed above;

  2.audiovisual materials purchased by instructors may be used in the classroom for instructional purposes only, tied to instructional objectives and curriculum. Audiovisual materials obtained through rental sources may be used only if rental agreement does not limit the use of the program to "Home Use Only"; and

  3.have the approval of the Principal prior to student viewing.

 C.The purchase of audio visual materials for inclusion in school collections must:

  1.reflect the selection criteria used for all instructional materials and defined in Policy 2510;

  2.exclude materials that contain pornography or are otherwise prohibited by F.S. 847.01.

The District audio visual use policy must be included in the teacher handbook and be reviewed annually. New personnel and/or substitute teachers must be informed of the policy upon assignment to the school. Each school must establish a procedure to ensure compliance with the District audio visual use policy.

F.S. 847.012, 1006.28, 1006.34
F.A.C. 6A-6.3411, 6A-7.074