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Frequently Asked Questions

Americans with Disabilities Act                                                                                                                                                           back to top

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?

What is the ADA Amendments Act of 2008?

Who is a disabled individual under the ADA?

Who is “qualified” under the ADA?

What is a reasonable accommodation?

Certification                                                                                                                                                                                                   back to top

I already hold a certificate from another state. Does Florida have reciprocity with other states?

If I have a Master's Degree, do I still need to take the Florida Tests?

Is it true that Florida no longer requires the CLAST Exam?

I need to talk to a Certification Officer but I can't get through on the phone. What can I do?

My temporary certificate expires on June 30th, but I know I won't be done with my requirements. Another teacher told me that she got an extension when she was in this position. How can I get an extension?

What happens if I am terminated because I did not complete requirements?

I used to have a temporary certificate but it expired in 1996. I know that the state will allow me to have another temporary certificate, but I was told I could not be hired in Miami-Dade County. Is this true?

I know that when I graduated from college I had taken the courses for the ESOL endorsement, but it is not on my certificate. Why?

The state keeps sending me letters asking for something I have already sent to them. Why does this keep happening?

My Statement of Status of Eligibility says I must demonstrate mastery of Professional Education Competence. How do I satisfy this requirement?

I applied to renew my State Professional Educatorís Certificate and received a letter stating I need to complete 20 Master Plan Points
(MPP) or 1 College Credit in teaching students with disabilities (SWD). Why do I need another 20 MPP If I already completed the 120

I already have Exceptional Student Education (ESE) on my certificate, do I still need to complete the 20 MPP in teaching students with
disabilities (SWD)?

Compensation                                                                                                                                                                                              back to top

Is my previous teaching experience credited automatically for step placement on the teacher salary schedule?

Is my Master’s, Educational Specialist or Doctoral Degree credited automatically if I am a full-time teacher?

Is my Master’s, Educational Specialist or Doctoral Degree credited automatically if I am a part-time teacher?

What is an accredited college or university?

Are degrees issued by foreign universities and colleges recognized?

How does time taken for a leave affect advancing to the next step or receiving a salary increase?

What compensation do I receive for obtaining a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certificate? 

Can I receive credit for time worked as a substitute teacher with M-DCPS when hired as a fulltime teacher?

Who is eligible to receive the Critical Staff Shortage Area stipend?

Can any degree be considered for tuition reimbursement and/or advanced degree payment?

What are the authorized salary supplements for performing duties beyond the regular work day?  

My pay rate is not correct. Am I getting paid for my Master’s degree? What supplements am I receiving?

Deduction Control                                                                                                                                                                                      back to top

What is direct deposit?

Do I have more than one direct deposit option?

What are the options and how do I sign up?

How do I cancel my direct deposit?

How do I cancel my union/association membership (dues)?

How do I change or cancel my Trustmark deduction?

What are the VISTA pre tax and VISTA post tax descriptions displayed in my check/advice statements?

Which deductions are tax-exempt?

I am in the defer payment option, will there be deductions from my defer paychecks?

How many scheduled benefit deductions are there during the year?

Employee Assistance Program                                                                                                                                                            back to top

What kinds of problems can the Employee Assistance Program help me with?

What occurs during an initial EAP consultation?

What other services does the EAP offer?

How do I access EAP services?

Employment Standards                                                                                                                                                                           back to top

What is a Level II clearance for fingerprints?

Is the Jessica Lunsford Act (JLA) the only method to review prospective vendors?

Can I appeal my denial as a contracted vendor?

Should I bring any documentation?

Although I am denied, can I provide services to schools on weekends?

How long are the fingerprint results valid?

What is the cost for fingerprinting vendors/contracted personnel?

Will vendors be receiving badges after being cleared?

What are the M-DCPS Employment Standards?

E-Recruiting                                                                                                                                                                                                back to top

Who should apply through E-Recruiting?

Leave Office                                                                                                                                                                                                 back to top

What kinds of leave are available and how do I know if I am eligible?

When should I submit my leave application?

How do I apply for a leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

I am pregnant and I would like to continue working as late in my pregnancy as possible. When should I start my leave?

My worksite administrator has signed my leave application. Does this mean that my leave has been approved?

Do I need to seek approval from the Leave Office if my leave is less than 30 working days?

Can I work if I am on a Board approved leave?

Will I receive retirement credit for the period I am out on leave without pay?

Will I be covered with insurance benefits while on leave?

I am on a leave. What do I do if I wish to extend my leave of absence?

Can I return early from my leave of absence?

Payroll                                                                                                                                                                                                             back to top

I did not get paid for certain day(s)/hour(s) that I worked. What should I do?

How can I get my payroll (check/advice) information?

My paycheck was lost, washed or stolen, what should I do?

I am a 10 month employee and wish to have my paychecks spread over 12 months, what should I do?

How do I cancel my Defer Pay Plan Option?

What determines if I am eligible for holiday/recess pay?

How do I accrue leave time (sick/personal/vacation) ?

How many vacation days will I accrue each fiscal year?

Why doesn’t my check/advice reflect my actual total of vacation days available?

If I claim “exempt” from tax withholding, does that withholding status remain in effect until I make another change?

What deductions are exempt from Federal Taxes?

How are Federal Taxes calculated?

What are the percentages for Social Security and Medicare?

What deductions are exempt from Social Security Taxes and Medicare Taxes?

I lost my W-2, how can I obtain a replacement copy?

My W-2 doesn’t reflect my income or salary ?

I started work, but I haven’t received any pay. What should I do?

Personnel Actions                                                                                                                               back to top

Where can I find the W-4 form online and where do I send it for processing? How do I change my federal tax status and/or allowances?

What documents are needed to change my name in the system?

My birthday is wrong, how can I change my birth date so that it reflects what is on my driver’s license and/or birth certificate?

I am an active employee and I have moved to a new address. How can I update my address?

What is the process to change my address if I am no longer an employee with Miami-Dade County Public Schools?

What is the process to change my address if I am a substitute?

I need to take drug test. Is there a fee for the drug test?

I took a drug test during my hiring process. How long are the drug test results valid?

Personnel Records                                                                                                                                                                                     back to top

Is the Personnel Records office responsible for completing experience/employment verification forms?

How can I get Verification of Employment?

Who has access to my personnel file?

How can I view my personnel file?

What information is contained in my personnel file? Is the information confidential or is it public?

Where could I find additional information about your department?

How do I add/correct/update transcript information?

Can a parent / a co-worker / or an attorney view my personnel file?

How do verify / update / inquire about my employment contract status?

How do I request a copy of my employment contract?

How do I request a copy of my personnel file?

Could you email copies of personnel documents to my email address?

Recruitment                                                                                                                                                                                                   back to top

When and how do I apply for my teaching certificate?

I want to be a substitute teacher. What do I do?

I want to teach a subject other than that of my degree area, how can I do this?

l already hold a certificate from another state. Does Florida have reciprocity with other states?

What is the cost of drug testing and when do I have to take the drug test?

What are the procedures for Fingerprinting?

Do you sponsor H1-B Visas ?

Retirement Office                                                                                                                                                                                       back to top

How do I retire and how soon do I begin the process?

What retirement plans are available?

What is the DROP Program?

How do I qualify for DROP?

Is there a deadline to apply for DROP?

What happens to my sick leave days when I retire?

Travel (In-County)                                                                                                                                                                                       back to top

What is the current mileage reimbursement rate?

What is “daily commute”?

What is the procedure for reimbursement of business related transportation expenses?

On occasion, I travel to locations other than my base of operations, and the trip is less than my daily commute, however, I incur additional expenses, such as parking, tolls, etc. How do I report this?

Why is it necessary to indicate complete addresses for non-M-DCPS locations visited on in-county travel?

How can I find out when the travel I submitted is being paid?

How can I expedite my travel payment?

Is there a minimum on reimbursement of in-county travel?

Can I be reimbursed for in-county travel expenses incurred several years ago?

Travel (Out-of-County)                                                                                                                                                                              back to top

What is the current mileage reimbursement rate?

What expenses are considered as “incidental”?

What is per diem?

I am not using the per diem option. What is the current meal allowance?

Can I still be reimbursed for official travel expenses if I lost my receipts?

There was no official agenda issued. What is the proper procedure?

I was issued an electronic airline ticket. Is this acceptable?

Unemployment Compensation Office                                                                                                                                               back to top

How do I file a Florida claim for unemployment compensation benefits?

I am a 10-month employee. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits for the summer term?

Do my paycheck taxes pay for my unemployment benefits?


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