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.


Qualifications of instructional personnel shall be as required by law and the Florida Administrative Code. To be eligible for appointment in any instructional position in the District, a person must be of good moral character, must have attained the age of eighteen (18) years, and must, when required by law, hold a certificate or license issued under rules of the State Board of Education or the School Board, except when employed pursuant to F.S. 1012.55, or under the emergency provisions of F.S. 1012.24.

Instructional personnel must meet the requirements for their position and follow the employment procedures as set forth in Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules, including but not limited to F.S. 1012.24, 1012.35,1012.36 1012.39, 1012.43, and 1012.56; and F.A.C. 6A-1.0502, 6A-1.0503, 6A-4.001, 6A-6.010 and 6A-6.014, as they may be amended from time to time.

Misstatements of fact material to qualifications for employment or the determination of salary shall constitute grounds for dismissal.

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board shall approve employment of temporary, interim and part-time instructional staff.



Temporary Instructors (Substitute Teachers)


A temporary instructor is an employee qualified to serve as a substitute teacher who is assigned to instruct and supervise students in attendance whenever the regular teacher is absent from the work location.


The employment of temporary instructors shall comply with a planned program developed by the District.


Each school principal is authorized to employ temporary instructors when an instructional staff member is unable to perform assigned duties. The principal shall obtain temporary instructors from the approved list provided by the District.


To be eligible for employment as a temporary instructor, the applicant must meet the established requirements, including but not limited to: qualifications pursuant to F.S. 1012.35, as well as the filing of a complete set of fingerprints in the same manner as required by F.S. 1012.32; proof of a high school diploma or equivalent; and completion of an initial orientation and training program in district policies and procedures addressing school safety and security procedures, educational liability laws, professional responsibilities, and ethics.


In the absence of a regular teacher, temporary instructors shall be employed under the following conditions:



Absences of regular teachers shall be filled by highly qualified temporary instructors, whenever possible.



All temporary instructors shall observe the same hours and perform the same duties as regular teachers; however, temporary instructors may be excused by the principal from instructional meetings.



Each temporary instructor shall conduct classes according to lesson plans and schedules prepared by the regular teacher.



Temporary instructors shall be responsible for the extra-curricular duties assigned to the regular teacher.



Each temporary instructor shall leave a summary of the work covered and work assigned to students for the regular teacher.



Interim Instructional Personnel


Employment of interim instructional personnel is on a temporary basis to fill a vacancy for which a regular employee cannot be found or to perform some task of a temporary nature. This employment shall end at the close of the school year, at the end of the fiscal year, or at the time the temporary task is completed.


An interim teacher shall be employed when it is known or determined that the regular teacher will be absent for more than thirty (30) consecutive workdays. A highly qualified interim teacher shall be appointed as a replacement as soon as possible to enable continuity in the instructional program. To be eligible to become an interim teacher, applicants shall have a valid Florida certificate and meet the criteria established by the FLDOE to be considered highly qualified for the assignment.


An interim teacher shall be paid on the teacher salary schedule once they have met all conditions to be employed as a replacement, and shall assume the full duties of a regular teacher.



Part-Time Instructional Staff


The Superintendent may employ temporary or part-time personnel as needed.


Part-time positions for summer programs are handled according to summer program procedures. District programs such as after school and migrant tutoring may employ part-time instructors, providing they hold appropriate certification.


Employees should refer to the current collective bargaining agreement for additional provisions regarding part-time positions for summer programs.

F.S. 1012.24, 1012.32, 1012.35, 1012.36, 1012.39, 1012.43, 1012.55, 1012.56
F.A.C. 6A-1.0502, 6A-1.0503, 6A-4.001, 6A-6.010, 6A-6.014

Revised 6/17/15

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