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General Municipal Law

Charter schools are subject to New York Municipal Law Sections 800-806. Charters, therefore must have codes of ethics and conflict of interest policies. In addition, after New York State enacted the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013, schools must also have whistle-blower policies. See below for some exemplars. Schools should continue to consult with their own counsel when creating these policies.

Attachment
PDF iconGeneral Municipal Law FAQ (2010)
PDF iconConflict of Interest Policy Template
PDF iconWhistleblower Policy Template
Microsoft Office document iconModel Code of Ethics
PDF iconEthics for Trustees and Employees of Charter Schools (2010)

Students in Temporary Housing: Students’ Rights and Schools’ Responsibilities

The McKinney-Vento Act gives important educational rights to students who are homeless, or in unstable or temporary housing. The Charter Center hosted a free workshop, presented by NYS-TEACHS, to help schools understand how to meet these students’ needs and comply with changes in the law resulting from the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Topics Covered Included:

  • McKinney-Vento definitions: Students’ Rights and Schools’ Responsibilities
  • Schools’ roles under McKinney-Vento and the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Transportation and other school services for students in temporary housing
  • Incorporating trauma-sensitive practices into school programs and policy

View the presentation HERE

Federal & State Guidance
SED Students in Temporary Housing Charter School Guidance
SED Students in Temporary Housing Lottery Preference Memo
US Department of Ed Students in Temporary Housing Non-Regulatory Guidance
Additional Resources
Tips for Social Workers and Guidance Counselors
Tips for Navigating Challenging Conversations
Tips for Parents and Guardians
Tips for School and District Leadership
Tips for School Nurses
Tips for Secretaries and Enrollment Personnel
Tips for Teachers

Staff Handbook

Clear expectations promote strong performances. A comprehensive staff handbook is the best way to ensure all employees understand the professional standards and culture of the school.

Several extensive handbooks are attached, each with particular strengths. SBuffalo’s CS Handbook has thorough sections on social media and computer use and mentions confidentiality of student records. Hebrew CS Center includes well-developed sections on media relations, social media and conflicts of interest, while Excelsior CS is thorough on employment rules and expectations.

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