• 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.

    8405 - SCHOOL SAFETY

    The School Board is committed to maintaining a safe and drug-free environment in all of the District’s schools. School crime and violence are multifaceted problems that need to be addressed in a manner that utilizes all available resources in the community through a coordinated effort of School District personnel, law enforcement agencies, and families. School administrators and local law enforcement officials must work together to provide for the safety and welfare of students while they are at school or a school-related event or are on their way to and from school.

    The Superintendent shall develop a Critical Incident Plan with input from representatives of the local law enforcement agencies; the local Fire Marshall(s) or his/her designee(s); representative(s) from emergency medical services; and/or representatives of the Miami-Dade County Health Department.

    Thereafter, the Superintendent shall convene a meeting periodically for the purpose of reviewing the Critical Incident Plan, and making modifications as deemed necessary and proper; identifying additional training that might be needed; and discussing any other such related matters as may be deemed to be necessary by the participants. Participants in this meeting shall include the Superintendent or his/her designee, representatives of the local law enforcement agencies stated above, and any other appropriate District level personnel.

    The Superintendent shall report to the Board about this review and recommend the approval and adoption of any proposed revisions or additions to the Critical Incident Plan.

    The Superintendent shall verify that procedures are in place for keeping schools safe and drug-free that include:

      A. appropriate and effective school discipline policies that prohibit disorderly conduct, the illegal possession of weapons and the illegal use, possession, distribution, and sale of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs by students;


      B. security procedures at school and while students are on the way to and from school;


      C. prevention activities that are designed to maintain safe, disciplined and drug-free environments;


      D. a code of conduct or policy for all students that clearly states the responsibilities of students, teachers, and administrators in maintaining a classroom environment.


    Persistently Dangerous Schools

    Federal and State law require that the District report annually incidents which meet the statutory definition of violent criminal offenses that occur in a school, on school grounds, on a school conveyance, or at a school-sponsored activity, as well as those incidents that would be a Gun-Free Schools Act violation. School administrators shall respond appropriately to any and all violations of the Student Code of Conduct, especially those of a serious, violent nature.

    Victims of Violent Crime

    The parents and/or student victim of a violent crime in a school, on school grounds, in a school conveyance or at a school-sponsored activity shall be offered the opportunity to transfer to another school within the District that serves the same grades. If there is another school serving the same grades, the transfer shall be completed in a timely manner.

    Florida DOE Unsafe School Choice Option Policy, May 2003
    Florida DOE Unsafe School Choice Option Policy Technical Assistance Paper,
    May 2003

Last Modified on January 22, 2015