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.


The School Board may levy certain charges to students to facilitate the utilization of adequate, appropriate learning materials used in the course of instruction. If the District determines that a student is in serious financial need, it may choose to provide any or all such materials free of charge.

The Board will make every effort to provide all instructional equipment, books, material, and services needed to maintain the desired instructional program so that students, parents, PTA/PTSAís, or school fund-raising activities are not used to provide such items. If it is necessary to collect fees from students enrolled in certain academic subjects, or engaged in certain activities, to maintain the desired instructional and activities program in each school center, a schedule setting the maximum fee which can be charged for any subject area, activity or service, shall be developed and approved by the corresponding Region Superintendent.

At the start of every school year, each school or center shall send to the parents of all students a letter informing them of the various fees to be charged. Collection of fees shall not take place until approved by the Region Office and written communication has been sent to the studentís parents.

Secondary Schools

Fee schedules for each school year are to be approved in writing by the Region Superintendent. The approved fee schedule bearing the signature of the Region Superintendent is to be filed for audit by each school.

An adjusted fee schedule will be provided by the principal for those students having difficulty meeting these fee obligations, to include a waiver for all fees if necessary.

 A.Special Fees and Charges


  2.Honors, Extras and Special Programs (senior high only)

  3.Industrial Education, Technology Education and Family and Consumer Sciences

  4.Music (instrumental and vocal)/Band Uniforms (senior high only)

  5.Physical Education (Towel Fee, Gym Clothes, and Locks for lockers)

  6.ScienceóBreakage Deposit (Laboratory)

  7.Workbooks, Business Technology Education Practice Sets, Textbooks and Paperbacks

 B.Optional Fees

  1.Publications (Handbooks, ID Cards, Student Directories, Yearbooks)

  2.School Activities (Clubs, Homeroom, etc.)



   Unused material charge deposits (material tickets) and breakage charge deposits (such as science) are to be refunded at the end of the school term or at the time a student transfers.

  2.Special Fees
   Special fees and charges will not be transferred between secondary schools when a student transfers within the county. When the transfer slip is marked "fees paid," the receiving school will not charge the transferring student any special fees and charges.

  3.Out-of-County Transfers
   For secondary students transferring out of the county the following percentage of use fees (musical instruments, uniforms or robes, towels, locks) will be refunded:

   a.Transfer during first nine (9) weeks - seventy-five percent (75%) refund

   b.Transfer during second nine (9) weeks - fifty percent (50%) refund

   c.Transfer after second nine (9) weeks - no refund

Use of Fees

All fees and charges collected are to be used only for the purpose collected. Where necessary, fees must be adjusted downward to avoid accumulation of excessive carry-over balances. When the purchase of any item is required, it must be sold to the student at school cost.

F.S. 1001.43