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 day shall be scheduled to offer the maximum education for the time spent within the limitations of school facilities and the laws and regulations of the State.

A minimum regular school day for students is three (3) net hours for nursery and kindergarten, four (4) net hours for the first three grades, and five (5) net hours above the third grade. The Superintendent shall annually establish the hours of the school day. The Superintendent may authorize exceptions from the regular school day.

The regular school day may be extended in secondary schools for those students who wish to include an additional subject selection in their program. Except in unusual circumstances, as stated in writing to the Board, changes in the opening and closing hours of schools will be reported to the Board prior to the effective date.

The Superintendent may close the schools, delay the opening of school, or dismiss school early when such alteration in the regular session is required for the protection of the health and safety of students and staff members. S/He shall prepare administrative procedures for the proper and timely notification of concerned persons in the event of any emergency closing of the schools.

The Superintendent shall have the authority to determine which school-related activities may be conducted if the schools are closed for a period of time. S/He shall prepare appropriate procedures for communication to students, parents, and others regarding the scheduling and the conduct of such activities.

Length of School Day for Instructional Personnel

Each teacher should be in the classroom a sufficient time before classes begin and after classes end to offer help to students who need or request it. This time may also be used for planning.

Early Dismissal

To provide planning time for elementary and K-8 teachers, students above the second grade may be dismissed one hour early on Wednesday afternoons. As annually approved by the School Board, secondary students may be dismissed early once per quarter.

Hours of School Office Staff

The hours during which the school office shall remain open will be established by the principal and approved by the Region Superintendent.

Employee Meetings

Meetings after school hours requiring the attendance of school employees shall not be scheduled for any day when countywide primary or general elections are held.

Countywide meetings of employee organizations are generally scheduled to begin in the late afternoon. Arrangements for selected representative from the schools should be made so that they can attend the meeting on time and without employing substitute teachers.

F.S. 1001.42, 1001.43, 1001.51