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.


Married students, students who are pregnant, and students who have had a child outside of wedlock are exempt from compulsory student attendance. However, these students shall not be prohibited from attending school and are entitled to the same educational instruction or its equivalent as other students but may be voluntarily assigned to a special class or program designed to address their special needs. The District will provide information on alternate programs.

No student, whether married or unmarried, who is otherwise eligible to attend school in the District shall be denied an educational program solely because of pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy-related disabilities, or actual or potential parenthood.

The School Board may require as a prerequisite for attendance in regular classes and the co-curricular and extra-curricular programs that each pregnant student present to the principal her physician's written statement that such activity will not be injurious to her health nor jeopardize her pregnancy.

Any student who is pregnant will be permitted to continue in the regular school program, or may voluntarily attend the COPE Centers (Continuing Opportunity for Purposeful Education) and receive the specialized services for pregnant students. These students will be permitted to reenter the regular school programs and will be given the same consideration as other students experiencing temporary disabilities.

Students participating in teenage parent programs are exempt from minimum attendance requirements for absences related to pregnancy or parenting but are required to make up work missed due to absence.

Any student who marries prior to graduation will be permitted to continue in the regular school programs, or, after voluntarily withdrawing, return to the regular school program.

F.S. 1003.54
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Florida Education Equity Act
Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992