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.


Schools shall strive to prevent drug abuse and help drug abusers through educational means.

"Drugs" are defined as:

 A.all dangerous controlled substances as designated and prohibited by Florida law;

 B.all chemicals which release toxic vapors;

 C.all alcoholic beverages;

 D.any prescription or patent drug, except those for which permission to use in school has been granted;

 E.anabolic steroids; and

 F.any substance that is a "look-alike" of any of the above.

The use, possession, concealment, or distribution of any drug or any drug-related paraphernalia, or the misuse of a product containing a substance that can provide an intoxicating or mood-altering effect or the misuse of any "over-the-counter" medications or substances are prohibited on school grounds, on school vehicles, and at any school-sponsored event.

A drug-free zone is established within 1000 feet of any facility used by the District for educational purposes.

The Superintendent shall prepare procedures for the identification, amelioration, and regulation of drug use in the schools. Such procedures shall:

 A.emphasize the prevention of drug use;

 B.provide for a comprehensive, age-appropriate, developmentally-based drug and alcohol education and prevention program which:

  1.addresses the legal, social, psychological, and health consequences of drug and alcohol use;

  2.provides information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs and alcohol;

  3.assists students to develop skills to make responsible decisions about substance abuse and other important health issues;

  4.promotes positive emotional health, self-esteem, and respect for one's body;

 C.provide standards of conduct that are applicable to all students and which clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as a part of any school activity;

 D.include a clear statement that disciplinary sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, will be imposed on students who violate the school standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions;

 E.provide information about any drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and reentry programs available to students and provide procedures to direct students and their parents to the appropriate programs;

 F.require that all parents and students be given a copy of the standards of conduct regarding the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students;

 G.require the notification to parents and students that compliance with the standards of conduct is mandatory; and

 H.provide a biennial review of the School District's program to determine its effectiveness, implement changes as needed, and to ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

F.S. 1001.43, 1006.07
Public Law 101 - Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986
20 U.S.C. 3171 et seq.
20 U.S.C. 3224A