The NYC DOE's Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) has on online portal which can be reached by clicking here. This guide from the OPT gives step-by-step instructions for accessing and using it. Charter Schools can view school-specific information and generate reports.
This NYC DOE publication is a comprehensive guide to using ATS to manage transportation services. The guide contains an overview of OPT and ATS, key transportation terms, and common ATS processes, as well as detailed instructions for sign-on and ATS processes including MetroCard inventory, viewing individual student records, and assigning bus stops.
Managing transportation can be very challenging for new Charter Schools. These two presentations from the NYC DOE's Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) will make that task easier. OPT Basics explains the structure of the Office of Pupil Transportation and how charter schools work with OPT; Charter School Transportation Overview has current information on topics including eligibility, MetroCards, yellow bus service, and special education needs.
The NYC DOE handbook on Pupil Accounting for charter schools.
This guidebook provides the most up-to-date directions from the NYC DOE for Charter Schools using the ATS system.
Meal programs at Charter Schools that do not qualify for free meals must record attendance according to eligibility and then record meals taken at the point of service. This worksheet from the SchoolFood Compliance Office aids in that task.
In 2003, the New York City Department of Education opened district facilities up to charter schools for the first time ever. While a majority of New York charter schools are currently co-located with district schools in public facilities, many charters have to divert operating dollars to pay for private facilities. In 2014, state law changed how New York City charter schools are provided with facilities, including a new opportunity for rental assistance.
This presentation from the SchoolFood Compliance Office gives step-by-step instructions for new Charter Schools to reach compliance as dictated by The Child Nutrition Program. Approved methods of accountability and the on-site audit are covered. The necessary forms and agency contacts are included.