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.


No student may be searched without reasonable suspicion or in an unreasonable manner. Reasonable suspicion generally exists when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law, School Board policy, or the rules of the school. The scope of the search must be reasonably related to the suspected violation(s).

School authorities may search the person or property, including vehicles, of a student, with or without the student's consent, whenever they reasonably suspect that the search will turn up evidence of a violation of law, Board policy, or rules of the school. This authority applies to all situations in which the student is under the jurisdiction of the Board. School authorities may also inspect for the presence of drugs or devices according to applicable law and Board policy. Any evidence confiscated during a search by school staff or administration, including digital evidence in the form of images, audio, or video, shall be preserved and unaltered pending resolution of the investigation into the suspected violation(s).

The school shall provide storage places, including desks and/or lockers to store student possessions. These spaces and the contents within them remain under the control of the Board and may be the subject of random search. Where allowed, students may lock storage places but students shall have no expectation of privacy that would prevent inspection by school officials.

To deter individuals from bringing weapons to school, curtail the threat of violence, and foster a safe learning environment for students, staff, and visitors, metal detector searches are authorized without individualized suspicion pursuant to procedures established by the Superintendent.

F.S. 901.151
F.S. 901.21
F.S. 918.13
F.S. 933.07
F.S. 1006.09(9)
Fla. Const. Art. I, Sec. 2
U.S. Constitution, 4th Amendment

Revised 3/15/17

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