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.
 

5540 - INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVING STUDENTS

School administrators shall respond to incidents involving students occurring on school grounds or at school-sponsored events. When conducting an initial fact inquiry, if an administrator suspects that a crime has been committed, s/he must report the matter to School Police or another appropriate law enforcement agency to assume the investigative responsibilities. If it is determined that the matter is not criminal in nature, the administrator must process the matter according to the Code of Student Conduct (Policy 5500) and administrative procedures established by the Superintendent.

If the matter involves an employee as the alleged subject, administrators must refer to the Personnel Investigative Model (PIM) Manual for the proper reporting procedures.

If the matter involves suspected child abuse, the administrator must comply with Policy 8462.

Police Investigations

Law enforcement agencies have the right to confer with and take students into custody. Where practical, law enforcement agencies shall confer with students at a time when the student is not under the jurisdiction of the school. Administrators must comply with administrative procedures developed by the Superintendent when law enforcement officers exercise their authority on school grounds or at school-sponsored events.

All employees and agents of the School Board have an affirmative duty to cooperate with law enforcement agencies according to administrative procedures developed by the Superintendent.

Investigations involving student incidents conducted by School Police shall be conducted according to the School Police Standard Operating Procedures.

Fla. Const. Art. I, Sect. 9
F.S. 1006.061