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.
 

5215 - MISSING AND ABSENT CHILDREN

The School Board shall cooperate with local, State, and National efforts to decrease the number of missing children. The Florida Missing Children Program is an initiative that enlists the cooperation of numerous State agencies in pursuing investigations of reported missing children. Each month, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) provides the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) with a data file comprising the names of children who have been reported missing to local law enforcement agencies and entered in the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC) database. The DOE then makes this data available for school districts to access through the Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC). The DOE makes this data available to school districts.

The Superintendent shall establish administrative procedures to compare this information with the District student database records to establish matches between the names of children reported missing and names of students in the District. These procedures shall also provide for admission of a student lacking records (immunization and physical examination documents must be provided) into the school followed by notifying the police rather than refusing entrance.

Upon determining that information relating to a District student matches the information on the most current Florida Department of Education missing child list, it shall be the responsibility of the Office of Attendance Servies to notify both the local law enforcement agency which originated the case and the DOE. As the children in question are identified and located, the original law enforcement agency can then remove the solved cases from the FCIC database.

F.S. 937.023, 937.025
F.A.C. 6A-6.083