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.
All New York charter schools are subject to the requirements of New York State's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). FOIL is a New York State law that provides the public an avenue to access certain records of public agencies, and it explicitly applies to charters under the Charter Schools Act of 1998.
New U.S. Department of Labor rules on overtime wages are effective as of December 1, 2016. The Charter Center hosted a webinar that examines these changes, notably that the threshold salary for an employee that meets one of the exemption categories has risen to $47,476 annually. We recommend that all schools familiarize themselves with the new rules and understand what changes, if any, need to be made at their school.
|Be In The Know: New DOL Rules on Overtime [Webinar Audio]|
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Did you know that New York City charter schools are subject to the requirements of New York State's Open Meetings Law (OML)? The OML is based on a presumption of access that provides the public with the right to know in advance about meetings of public bodies and then to observe the meetings and deliberations. It applies explicitly to charter schools under the Charter Schools Act of 1998.