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.


Protecting the physical and emotional well-being of students is of paramount importance. Each instructional staff member shall maintain the highest professional, moral, and ethical standards in dealing with the supervision, control, and protection of students on or off school property.

 A.Staff members shall report immediately to a building administrator any accident, safety hazard, or other potentially harmful condition or situation s/he detects.

 B.Staff members shall provide proper instruction in safety matters.

 C.Staff members shall immediately report to a building administrator knowledge of threats of violence by students.

 D.Staff members shall not send students on any non-school related errands.

 E.Staff members shall not inappropriately associate with students at any time in a manner which may give the appearance of impropriety, including, but not limited to, the creation or participation in any situation or activity which could be considered abusive or sexually suggestive or involve illegal substances such as drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.

 F.Staff members shall not engage in unacceptable relationships and/or communications with students. Unacceptable relationships and/or communications with students include, but are not limited to the following: dating; any form of sexual touching or behavior; making sexual, indecent or illegal proposals, gestures or comments; and/or exploiting an employee-student relationship for any reason. Any sexual or other inappropriate conduct with a student by any staff member will subject the offender to potential criminal liability and discipline up to and including termination of employment.

 G.Staff members who have knowledge of or have reasonable cause to suspect that another Board employee is engaging in unacceptable relationships and/or communications with a student shall immediately report such information to a site or region supervisor. Failure to do so shall constitute a violation of this Board policy.

 H.If a student approaches a staff member to seek advice or to ask questions regarding a personal problem related to sexual behavior, substance abuse, mental or physical health, and/or family relationships, etc., the staff member may attempt to assist the student by facilitating contact with certified or licensed individuals in the District or community who specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the student's stated problem. However, under no circumstances should a staff member attempt, unless properly certified, licensed and authorized to do so, to counsel, assess, diagnose, or treat the student's problem or behavior, nor should such staff member inappropriately disclose personally identifiable information concerning the student to third persons not specifically authorized by law.

 I.Staff members shall not transport students in a private vehicle without the approval of the principal.

 J.Students shall not be required to perform work or services that may be detrimental to their health.

Since most information concerning a child in school, other than directory information described in Policy 8330, is confidential under Federal and State laws, any staff member who shares confidential information with another person not authorized to receive the information may be subject to discipline and/or civil liability. This includes, but is not limited to, information concerning assessments, grades, behavior, family background, and alleged child abuse.

Pursuant to the laws of the State and Policy 8462, each staff member shall report to the proper legal authorities (site administrator, School Police, and Department of Children and Families) immediately any sign of suspected child abuse or neglect.

F.S. 119.011, 1001.51, 1002.22, 1003.32
20 U.S.C. 1232
34 C.F.R. Part 99