Immunization Requirements for all students entering, attending, or transferring into 7th grade in Florida Schools.
- The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is requesting that administrators in schools which have 6th grade students inform parents that their children are due for their Tdap booster vaccine and second varicella vaccine by the time they are eleven years of age. Students will not be permitted into school into seventh (7th) grade without it.
- Florida Statute 1003.22 and Rule 64D-3.046 of the Florida Administrative Code mandates that children entering, attending, or transferring into school receive the appropriate grade level vaccines.
- The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is advising parents /guardians of children who are currently in the 6th grade not to wait until the summer to obtain the mandatory vaccines.
Attached to this briefing is a letter in three languages for dissemination to all parents/guardians of 6th grade students from the Chief Physician of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. The letter urges parents/guardians to schedule an appointment now for free immunizations.
Letter to Parents
The District Electronic Gradebook provides automated email notifications to parents and students who subscribe for this service.
- Parents and students who wish to start receiving automated email subscriptions can do so via the Electronic Gradebook link in the parent or student portals.
- Registration instructions, demonstration videos as well as a description of all notifications can be found on the PIV resources page at: http://gradebooksupport.dadeschools.net/piv-resources.asp
Our children are growing up with technology at their fingertips. The way they communicate has greatly evolved in the past decade, and social media has become one of the easiest, quickest and most common ways to share information.
Through a variety of programs and activities at school, such as Digital Citizenship Week, our Top Ten Tips, social media posts, the Digital Citizenship video contest and Parent Academy social media trainings for parents, we have promoted the responsible use of social media among students and parents. We ask that all parents reiterate the importance of using social media responsibly.
- When using social media, remember that everyone is entitled to respect. Never attempt to bully, harass, embarrass, or humiliate other users, other students, or any other person.
- Be safe and seek to keep others out of danger. Protect yourself and others by immediately reporting abuse, threats of violence or of harm to others.
- Be responsible in your communications with others. Do not transmit, post, or forward any text, e-mail, picture of yourself or others or any photographic image, that is inappropriate, obscene, defamatory, or which is illegal to possess or maintain on one’s computer or other device. Remember to only post content that is not illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights (respect copyrights and trademarks), invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious or objectionable.
Social media networks are here to stay. We have embraced this new method of communication, but we also understand that there are potential risks involved, so we must focus on properly educating our children. We are counting on your support at home as well.
School Board Policy 5511, Dress Code and School Uniforms, was amended to require all students in grades K-8 (elementary school, K-8 Centers, and middle schools) to participate in a mandatory school uniform program.
- Students in grades 9-12 may participate in a mandatory uniform policy as delineated in School Board Policy 5511, Dress Code and School Uniforms and the School Uniform Guidelines published by the Division of Athletics, Activities, and Accreditation.
Refer to the following attachments for the revised requirements of implementing School Board Policy 5511, Dress Code and School Uniforms:
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION URGES FAMILIES TO JUST TAKE 20
~ Launches literacy campaign to help families read 20 minutes a day ~
Last week, the Florida Department of Education launched the Just Take 20 literacy campaign to support K-12 Florida families with practical, easy-to-implement activities to add 20 minutes of reading to their day. Research says that children who read at least 20 minutes a day outside of the classroom do better in school and in life. Just Take 20 gives families tips and activities to integrate reading easily into daily life.
“Parents play a critical role in their child’s literacy development,” said Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. “Providing families with strategies to make the most of teachable moments and infuse reading into busy schedules can increase student literacy and help Florida students succeed now and in the future.”
The centerpiece of the campaign is an interactive website that prompts families to practice reading at home using a customizable literacy plan tailored to their child’s grade level and needs. Each family can build its own family profile, score points and earn badges while having fun with various reading and writing activities. Activities include tips for struggling readers and many of the resources are provided in Spanish and Haitian-Creole. Online activities and materials are easily accessed on any smart phone, tablet or computer.
The campaign includes a portal for educators where they can participate in virtual learning courses, download materials to engage students and families in literacy learning, and track online reading progress if a family chooses to connect with them for more support.
The Just Take 20 campaign is available free to all Florida families and K-12 public schools. In addition to the online web app, districts will also receive printed toolkits that will help them continue literacy engagement with families throughout the year. The toolkits will include event and activity guides, monthly newsletters and other communication materials.
For more information about the Just Take 20 family literacy campaign, visit JustTake20.org.
On April 21, 2015, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a Resolution directing additional resources be dedicated towards the enforcement of the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Curfew Ordinance (Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances, Sec. 21-201 - 21-219). This ordinance went into effect on February 17, 1994, and is enforceable throughout all of Miami-Dade County year round.
Principals should distribute the attached letter and curfew ordinance to all students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff prior to the last day of school. The Ordinance is just one of the many tools that the Miami-Dade Police Department has utilized to successfully reduce juvenile-involved criminal activity.
Social Media Awareness Campaign
Top 10 Tips & Letter to Parents
The way our students communicate has greatly evolved in the past decade, and social media has become one of the easiest, quickest and most common ways to share information. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) wants social media to serve an educational purpose with the ability to further enhance the learning experience for our students.
M-DCPS embraces technology and encourages students to bring their own devices, but also has policies and expectations to ensure students are using technology, including social media networks, appropriately. Through a variety of programs and activities, we are promoting the responsible use of social media among students and educators. Professional trainings, public service announcements and student leadership meetings are addressing the topic of digital citizenship and responsible use of social media.
Parents play a vital role in their child’s education and we want to provide them with the resources to navigate the ever-changing world of social media. Attached is an informative flyer that shares tips on how to protect a child’s online reputation with a cover letter also included. Please distribute copies of each document to students at your school and ask them to share with their parents. In addition, please post the Top Ten Tips flyer on your school’s website.
Social media networks are here to stay. M-DCPS has embraced this new method of communication, with the understanding that there are potential risks involved, so we must focus on properly educating users. I look forward to working together, in order to raise awareness about this important topic.