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.


All children who have attained the age of six (6) years by February 1st of any school year or who are older than six (6) years of age, but who have not attained the age of sixteen (16) years, are required to attend school regularly during the entire school term. While Florida law requires attendance of each student from six (6) years of age, or five (5) years of age if enrolled in kindergarten, and not formally withdrawn, until eighteen (18) years of age, it is in the best interests of both students and the community that they complete the educational program that will equip them with skills and increase their chances for a successful and fulfilling life beyond the schools. A child enrolled in kindergarten is deemed to be of compulsory school age unless the child's parent, at the parent's discretion and in consultation with the child's teacher and principal, formally withdraws the child from kindergarten.

When a student under the age of eighteen (18) wishes to withdraw, an effort should be made to determine the reason and to assist the student in reaching his/her career goals. Prior to withdrawal of the student, an exit interview shall be conducted and a Department of Education survey completed to determine reasons for withdrawal and actions that could be taken to keep the student in school. The student must be informed of opportunities to continue his/her education. In addition, the student must complete a survey in a format prescribed by the Department of Education to provide data on student reasons for terminating enrollment and actions taken by the District to keep students enrolled. No student under the age of eighteen (18) will be permitted to withdraw without the written consent of a parent and in compliance with State law.

Whenever a minor student withdraws from school without moving out of State, transferring to another approved school, being granted an age and schooling certificate, or enrolling in and attending an approved educational program, the Superintendent shall notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Judge of the Juvenile Court.

The notification is to be given within two (2) weeks after the Superintendent confirms the student is not properly enrolled in and attending another approved school or program or has moved out of State.

The Superintendent shall develop and update administrative procedures which:

 A.make counseling services available to any student who wishes to withdraw; the student define his/her own educational life goals and help plan the realization of those goals;

 C.inform the student of alternative programs;

 D.advise students of their right to return prior to their twenty-second (22nd) birthday;

 E.require the timely return of all District-owned supplies and equipment in the possession of the student.

The Superintendent may initiate expulsion proceedings against a student who has committed an act that warrants expulsion under Policy 5610 even if the student withdraws from school prior to the hearing or decision to impose the expulsion. Any resulting expulsion shall be imposed for the same duration it would have been had the student remained enrolled.

F.S. 1002.20, 1003.21

Revised 4/15/15

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