Celebrating 10 Years It's about great public schools.


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.

2015 NYSED Application Timeline

The State Education Department has updated the timeline for the submission of applications to establish charter schools in New York State authorized by the Board of Regents with a plan to open in 2016. In the 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP), the Department will provide two opportunities for applicants to submit new charter school applications. The timeline (below) provides information regarding Round 1 of the competitive RFP process. The requirements and timelines for Round 2 will be posted in late spring.

Operations Guide Exemplar

School facility operations and maintenance exist to support the primary purpose of any school: quality learning. By maintaining a working Operations Guide for your school, all procedures can be memorialized and easily accessed by new and incoming staff.

Below are some exemplar Operations Guides that existing charter schools use:

Family Handbook Exemplars

A family handbook provides charter school families with answers to their most common questions and helps to guide families and students in the school’s processes and policies related to the following:

  • School Calendar
  • Communication
  • Academics
  • Student Support
  • Student Behavior and Discipline
  • English Language Learners
  • Family Engagement
  • Student Health

Distributing Individualized State Test Score Information to Parents

Charter school parents do not have access to the DOE parent portal ARIS to view their child’s standardized test score results like parents with children in district schools do. The responsibility of communicating these standardized test score results, such as those from the state grades 3-8 ELA and Math exam, lies solely with the charter school. Most charter schools send out a letter to parents in the late summer or early fall following exam administration with test score information.