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.
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.
This document provides information about the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program.
State Education Law Section 917 became effective September 1, 2002 and requires public school administrators to ensure the presence of at least one (1) operable AED at each school, as well as appropriately trained, certified staff volunteers in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED) in each school building/annex, etc., who can respond to medical emergencies.
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.
A family handbook provides charter school families with answers to their most common questions and helps to avoid unnecessary calls to the school. This guidebook, created by the New York City Charter School Center, is a brief guide to the purpose, timing, and typical contents of a Family Handbook.
This worksheet, designed to help schools make decisions regarding financial management staffing and software, was commissioned by the New York City Charter School Center and presented in partnership with ERE, LLP & Fiscal Management Associates, LLC.
This extensive guidebook prepared for the New York City Charter School Center by Fiscal Management Associates helps charter schools prepare for an audit by the New York State Comptroller's Office.
Please note that this guidebook is from 2006.
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.
Of all the decisions made by new Charter Schools, few are more important than
deciding whether to contract for school management services. Choosing well requires
balancing multiple considerations of finance, accountability, personnel, and public relations. This guidebook from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools provides evenhanded, user-friendly advice for those considering contracting for charter school management.
This guide from the NYC DOE's Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) pertains to procedures for requesting services. Included in this guide are: A List of Forms and Documentation; an Explanation of OPT Criteria; and an Explanation of Charter School Responsibilities. The OPT Request for Service form is also included.