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Resources

Immunization Exemption Requests

Parents have the right to apply for exemption from immunization requirements for medical reasons or based on religious beliefs. Charter schools need to follow clear protocols to ensure parents’ rights, even as they safeguard the school population. Medical exemptions must be approved by the NYCDOE Department of Health and Immunizations. Religious exemptions are approved at the school or network level; they do not require DOE approval.

Operations Resource Guide

The DOE Charter Office put together an Operations Resource Guide to aide in the important end of year and start of the year tasks. It includes deadline reminders for DOE systems and guidelines on the following topics: Summer School, Enrollment in ATS, Transportation, Per Pupil Funding, Health/Immunization Requirements

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

The NY State Education Department has recently released guidance and training materials for district schools related to the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which was established to protect all students from harassment, bullying, discrimination, and cyberbullying. The Charter Center held a brief webinar where we highlighted some of these useful tools and best practices on reporting incidents, prevention tips, and more!

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, on January 10, 2017 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.

2018 Exam Guidance and Procedures - DOE and NYSED

Here you will find the latest guidance and handbooks for administering the 2018 New York State ELA, Mathematics, Science, and Regents Exams. These guides are produced mainly for district schools, but include regulations and resources suitable for charter schools. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

General Guidance
SED Test Schedule 2018
Elementary & Middle School BAID Test Coordinator Meeting October 2017
DOE Test Administration Handbook: Elementary & Middle Schools 2017-18
DOE Test Administration Handbook: High Schools 2017-18
SED School Administrator’s Manual for Secondary Level Exams
NYC DOE Directions for Scribing
Reporting Testing Irregularities or Possible Cheating
Borough Assessment Implementation Directors (BAID) Contacts
ELA & Math **Guides for 2018 are not yet released**
2017 DOE Assessment Administration Memo #6 (Charter Version)
2017 NYS School Test Administrator’s Manual Grades 3-8 [Vol 1]
2017 NYS School Test Administrator’s Manual Grades 3-8 [Vol 2]
2017 NYS Grades 3-8 ELA & Math Charter Administration & Scoring Overview
ELA & Math Scanning Handbook
ATS Quick Guide for Grades 3-8 Printing and Scanning
SED Changes in Allowable Testing Accommodations for Grades 3-8 ELA Exams
Regents **Guides for 2018 are not yet released**
2017 June Regents Charter Administration Training
2017 June Regents Administration Charter Memo
2018 June Regents Exam Schedule
2018 January Regents Exam Schedule
2017 January Regents Administration Charter Memo
Regents Scanning Handbook
Science **Guides for 2018 are not yet released**
2017 Science Grades 4 & 8 DOE Administration Memo
2017 NYS Grade 4 Science Testing Manual
2017 NYS Grade 8 Science Testing Manual

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