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.
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|
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.
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.
|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|
The 2017-18 NYC Department of Education Charter School Directory is available online. Please view the Introduction for general information or the specific borough name for the school listings in your area.