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.


An automatic external defibrillator (AED) shall be placed in school buildings owned or leased by the District for the purpose of saving the life of a person in cardiac arrest. The location of each AED shall be registered with a local emergency medical services medical director.

An AED is a medical device that contains a heart monitor and defibrillator that is used to administer an electric shock through a personís chest wall to the heart. The built-in computer system of the AED assesses the patientís heart rhythm, determines whether defibrillation is needed, and then administers a shock, if necessary. Audible and/or visual prompts guide the user through the process of using the AED.

Any trained employee who uses or attempts to use an AED device on a victim of a perceived medical emergency is immune from civil liability.

If an AED device is placed in a building, the Superintendent shall develop procedures that govern AEDs, including, but not limited to, the use of the AED, placement of the AED, training, and maintenance and testing of the devices. The Superintendent shall follow the procedures and recommendations developed by the Secretary of the Florida Department of Health.

21 C.F.R. 801.109
F.S. 401.2915, 768.1325