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.


Students shall be in attendance throughout the school day. If a student will be late to school or dismissed before the end of the school day, the parent shall notify the school in advance and state the reason for the tardiness or early dismissal. Justifiable reasons shall be determined by the principal. Students will be counted absent if they are not present in class for at least half of the class period. To be counted "present" for the day, the student must be in attendance for a minimum of two hours of the day unless extenuating circumstances exist as determined by the Superintendent.

No student shall be permitted to leave school prior to dismissal at the request of or in the company of anyone other than a school employee, a police officer with judicial authority, a court official, or the parents of the student unless the permission of the parent is provided. Where parents are divorced or separated, only the enrolling parent may provide permission. Parents may have access to the student and/or his/her student records, unless the school has been provided with evidence that there is a legally binding instrument or court order governing such matters as divorce, separation, or custody, which provides to the contrary. The parent and in the case of divorced or separated parents, the enrolling parent - shall indicate on the Emergency Student Data Form the individual(s) to whom the student may be released during the school day.

The Emergency Student Data Form governs the early release of a student. The person completing the Emergency Student Data Form is responsible for providing information that is truthful and accurate and in the case of divorced or separated parents, consistent with the most recent court order governing their divorce, separation, or custody matters. Any divorced or separated parent contesting the information in the Emergency Student Data Form may seek assistance from the court governing their divorce, separation, or custody matters to compel the enrolling parent to revise the information.

No student shall be sent from school grounds to perform an errand or act as a messenger except with the approval of the principal and only for urgent and necessary school business and with the consent of the student's parent.

No student who has a medical disability which may be incapacitating may be released without a person to accompany him/her.

No student shall be released to anyone not authorized by the parent.

F.S. 1001.43

Revised 4/15/15

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