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|
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.
These documents provide guidance for administrators and teachers as they complete the Institutional Master File (IMF) and Personnel Master File (PMF) as part of the annual BEDS survey.
Under the revised charter law, charter schools are now subject to New York Municipal Law 800-806. Due to this new requirement, charter schools may need to revise their codes of ethics and conflict of interest policies.
New for Fall 2016: The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has announced that effective September 1, 2016, schools are subject to new immunization requirements. Charter schools are required to comply with these requirements and should refer to the DOH’s guide on required immunizations (https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf).