Resources

Becoming Your Own School Food Authority (SFA)

This webinar, conducted by NYC food service expert, Geoffrey Ramsey, and a charter school Director of Operations who has gone through the process of becoming a School Food Authority, was originally presented to new school teams as part of the 2013 Start Right program. It provides an overview of food service options that are available to charter schools as well as the steps for schools to follow to become their own School Food Author

Wellness Policies and Safety Plans Webinar

School Wellness Policies provide a means for improving school health, curricula and programs that ensure students become and stay ready to learn. Coupled with your authorizer required safety plan, these two documents are an integral component of learning, growing, thriving as a public school. Join the Charter Center's David Frank and Audrey Castillo, Program Manager for Healthy Schools Brooklyn, a program that is funded by the New York State Department of Health at the Brooklyn District Public Health Office of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

School Closure Contact List - Local TV Stations

As your own Local Education Agency (LEA), you are responsible for school closures independent of the Department of Education's (DOE) decision. When choosing to close your school due to weather or an emergency, be sure to alert local TV stations so that all parents and families are made aware. The following list includes contact information for local TV stations and was originally compiled and shared by New Vision for Public Schools.

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.

ELL Resources

PAST WORKSHOP MATERIALS

Charter Schools do not need to adhere to New York State Education Commissioner’s Regulation 154 (CR 154) regarding English Language Learners. Some of the following resources are based on, or reference, the practices outlined in CR 154 but individual charter schools may create their own policies and procedures and should always follow the procedures approved in their charter. A Charter School LEA must implement the instructional program for ELL students approved in its charter.

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