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.
 

5114 - FOREIGN STUDENTS

For initial entry into District schools, all students will register at the school of the actual residence of the parent in the attendance area as approved by the School Board. Entry requirements into District schools are the same for all students, regardless of country of birth and immigration status.

The District will provide the following:

 A.Orientation to District schools for parents and students in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, and other languages within available resources.

 B.Information on social agencies that can be accessed by the parents/families.

 C.English language proficiency testing to ease the registration/scheduling process at the school.

 D.Mathematics level assessment in the home language for secondary level students to ensure appropriate programmatic placement, especially for those students without educational records.

 E.Analysis of foreign educational records provided by the International Placement Advisors in the Federal and State Compliance Office to be used for grade placement and course equivalence.

 F.Distribution of information on services and programs available for all students (e.g., prekindergarten, gifted programs, magnet programs, counseling services, scholarship opportunities, extra-curricular activities, transportation services, parental involvement).

 G.Assistance in the school-level registration and placement process, if a need arises, by serving as liaison between the home and the school.

 H.Distribution of information on available community/adult education programs for parents/families.

 I.Assistance in completion of pre-registration requirements by staff who speak the home language.

 J.Preliminary identification of students with special needs (e.g., observable disability condition, limited or no prior school experience).

 K.Distribution of information on parentís/studentís responsibilities, rights, and due process procedures in the parent/student language within available resources.

 L.Distribution of all printed material will be in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole.

During initial student registration, all students, grades PK-12, must present:

 A.a completed Student Health Examination (HRS-H Form 3040), including proof of tuberculin skin test, reading of the test, and appropriate follow-up;

 B.a Certificate of Immunization (HRS Form 680);

 C.verification of residence; and

 D.proof of age (F.S. 1003.21).

Documentation will be requested to determine eligibility requirements for special Federal and/or State funding for which specific documentation is a requirement. However, such documentation will be clearly labeled as not required to enroll in District schools.

Form I-20 and Foreign Student Visa/Foreign Student Status

A fee covering the annual unsubsidized per capita cost shall be paid by each foreign student, grades 9-12, with F-1 immigration status. Payment of the fee shall be made in advance of the foreign studentís enrollment. The fee shall be determined annually by the Office of Financial Services and is non-refundable.

Foreign exchange students (J-1 Visa) may be enrolled. A tuition fee is not required.

Foreign students who meet the requirements of the District and the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service may apply for a foreign student visa or foreign student status. The Foreign Student/Visa Department facilitates and counsels on all aspects of the process related to obtaining the M-1/vocational visa abroad or the M-1/vocational status in the United States. Not having a Form I-20 or appropriate visa does not preclude admissions and studies in the District. Admission to the Districtís Workforce Development Education programs is open to all applicants meeting program criteria and is not related to possession of a student visa or immigration status.

Workforce Development Education Programs

 A.Admission
  For initial entry into the Districtís Workforce Development Education programs, post-secondary students may register in any Workforce Development Education program. Any student possessing a Certificate of Eligibility (INS Form I-20) issued by the Districtís Federal and State Compliance Office must be processed through the International/Foreign Student Department.
  Applicants from other countries are evaluated and admitted to Workforce Development Education Programs using the same criteria applicable to all students.

 B.Registration
  Students possessing an INS validated Form I-20 (M-1/vocational) issued by the Districtís Federal and State Compliance Office must initiate a first time registration at the Foreign Student/Visa Department. After the initial registration the procedure followed is the same as that required for all students. Students having a Form I-20 issued by the Districtís Federal and State Compliance Office are required to register for classes full time. Full time registration is defined as twenty-two (22) to twenty-five (25) hours of class per week per trimester. Any variation in attendance, program of studies, or travel must be authorized by the Federal and State Compliance Office.
  Foreign educational school records can be evaluated through the Foreign Student/Visa Department to award the U.S. High School equivalency exempting the student from obtaining the General Educational Development (GED).

 C.Tuition and Fees for Non-immigrant Visa Students
  Students in the United States as non-immigrants in any visa category are subject to established tuitions and fees that apply to non-residents of the State of Florida.

Revised 6/17/15

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