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 principal or administrator shall immediately report to School Police any damage, loss, vandalism, or malicious mischief and provide all available information.


The Code of Student Conduct (COSC) (Policy 5500) should be applied to any student who willfully damages school property. If the student is a minor, the District may request in writing that the student's parent restore or replace any damaged property at value determined by the District. An adult student involved in the destruction of school property shall be held solely responsible for the damages.

A civil action against the studentís parent(s) or legal guardian may be instituted by the Board in an action to recover damages in an amount not to exceed the limit prescribed by State law if vandalism or theft of school property is known to have been committed by a minor and the parent refuses to restore or replace the property.

Persons Other Than Students

In cases of willful or negligent damage of property belonging to the Board, whether real or personal, the user shall be responsible for the payment or replacement of the damage at the true value established by the District.

Organizations Under Use of Facilities Agreements

An organization granted the use of facilities belonging to the Board shall be responsible for any undue damage to the buildings, equipment, or grounds beyond that which would be considered normal wear and tear and shall repay any damage at the true value established by the Superintendent. Failure to pay shall cause (1) the individual, group, or organization to lose eligibility for further use of Board-owned property and/or (2) legal action to recover the amount of damages.

F.S. 1013.22