Resources

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.

CSE and Compliance

The September 2010 presentation Common Coordination Issues, from the Brooklyn Charter School Student Support Agency, addresses common coordination issues facing schools with Special Education students.

The first half of the presentation covers the NYC Committee on Special Education (CSE), including the structure and function of the CSE, roles and responsibilities of the CSE and the charter school, and best practices for working with the CSE.

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