|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.|
8470 - NOTIFICATION OF REGISTERED SEXUAL PREDATORS
As a public institution, the District is responsible for protecting its students. While physical protection does not extend beyond school grounds, any information that will help keep students safer must be disseminated. The purpose of including the school system in the notification protocol for sexual predators is to afford parent(s)/guardian(s) easy access to information that can enhance the safety of their children and the school systemís students. All individuals designated as sexual predators pursuant to a written court order must register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Upon notification from School Police of any registered sexual predators living in Miami-Dade County, all District schools will send sealed letters to the parent(s)/guardian(s) informing them of the identity of the sexual predators residing in Miami-Dade County.
Law enforcement agencies must inform members of the community and the public of a sexual predatorís presence. Within forty-eight (48) hours after receiving notification of the sexual predatorís presence, the sheriff or chief of police of the municipality where the sexual predator temporarily or permanently resides shall notify each licensed day care center and District schools within a one (1) mile radius of the sexual predatorís residence, with the name, address, physical description, and a photograph of each registered sexual predator residing in Miami-Dade County, as well as the circumstances of the sexual predatorís offense, and whether the sexual predatorís victim was a minor at the time of the offense.
In order to comply with the statutory forty-eight (48) hour notification requirement, the School Police will notify the District's School Operations of specific registered sexual predators, via electronic mail, within forty-eight (48) hours after receiving notification of the sexual predatorís presence. The electronic mail notification will contain the name, address, physical description, photograph of each registered sexual predator residing in Miami-Dade County, as well as the circumstances of the sexual predatorís offense, and whether the sexual predatorís victim was a minor at the time of the offense.
|A.||At the beginning of the school year, all schools must distribute to all parent(s)/guardian(s) the letter from the Superintendent informing them of the District's involvement in the notification process.|
|B.||At the time of registration, the parent(s) of new students should be given the letter advising them on how to access information regarding sexual predators.|
|C.||As soon as the District School Operations has been notified of the presence of a specific registered sexual predator by the School Police, School Operations will inform all schools and all specific command staff from School Police of specific registered sexual predators residing in Miami-Dade County via electronic mail. Sexual predator notifications will be electronically transmitted (in PDF) file format. The electronic briefing will contain the photographs, physical descriptions, and known addresses of specific registered sexual predators.|
|D.||Once sexual predator notification has been transmitted to all schools, the principal at each school site is responsible for handling the sexual predator notification in the following manner:|
|1.||The principal at each school site is responsible for reading his/her electronic mail every day and ensuring that required action briefings are immediately acted upon.|
|2.||Upon receipt of the sexual predator notification, the principal will print a copy of the briefing attachment containing specific registered sexual predators.|
|3.||Subsequent to printing the sexual predator notification, the principal shall copy and distribute, the sexual predator notification along with the letter. The principal is responsible for notifying all parent(s)/guardian(s), faculty, staff, and the school resource officer if one is assigned to their school, via a sealed package. Principals at all Adult/Vocational/Education Centers are responsible for notifying students and faculty. Adult students do not have to receive a sealed package.|
|4.||All sexual predator notifications transmitted via electronic mail through a School Operations required action briefing are not to be forwarded or distributed by any other method or persons, other than the procedures established in this guideline.|
|5.||Schools must keep all information sent by School Operations regarding sexual predator notifications in an updated binder secured in the main office. Any parent(s)/guardian(s) seeking information on a registered sexual predator shall be given access to this binder.|
|6.||If individual schools receive information regarding sexual predators from any source other than School Operations which includes any law enforcement agency, they shall forward such information to the to the Director of School Operations/Special Programs. They must not distribute this information to staff, parent(s)/guardian(s), or students.|
Sighting of Sexual Predator at School Site
|A.||In the event that a sexual predator is sighted at your school site, the principal or the designee shall immediately contact 911 and District's Police at 305-995-COPS.|
|B.||Anyone who has reason to believe that a parent/guardian or student is a registered sexual predator or offender at your school site, contact School Operations/Special Programs at 305-995-2710.|
F.S. 775.21, 775.25, 943.0435, 944.606