Topics: Student & Parent Policies & Forms

CCSA Answers: Cell Phone Usage by Charter School Students

Question: What rights does a charter school have to specify student cell phone usage during the school day.

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CCSA Answers: Can a charter school require students to wear a specific uniform?

Question: Can a charter school require students to wear a specific uniform? Answer: Yes, charter schools can require that students wear a specific uniform. However, charter schools may not require parents to pay for the uniform. Paying for a charter…

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CCSA Answers: Charter Schools and Student Absence for a Religious Service

Question: How is a student’s absence for a religious service treated under California law?

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U.S. Dept. of Education Issues "Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students"

U.S. Dept. of Education Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students.

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CCSA Answers: Authorizers Request for Student & Parent Information

Are charter schools required to provide student or parent contact information to their authorizer upon request?

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Public Advocates Revisits Charter School Parent Participation Policies

Public Advocates has established protocol for schools wishing to be removed from the list that highlighted and called into question charter schools across the state with parent involvement policies.

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Parent Involvement Policies in the News

An organization from the Bay area called Public Advocates released a report on Thursday, November 20 that highlighted and called into question charter schools across the state with parent involvement policies. Find out more about the report and answers to members questions.

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CCSA Answers: Rules and Regulations for Administering the Physical Fitness Test

Question: What are the rules and regulations for charter schools, around the administration of the Physical Fitness Test?

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Strategic Alternatives to Suspension Workshop Part II - February 28

If your school needs assistance with strategic alternatives to suspension this is the workshop for you! Attendees will learn about SWPBIS and the LAUSD Foundation Policy, developing a Progress Monitoring Action plan and developing appropriate and strategic alternatives to suspensions that fit the culture of your charter.

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CCSA Answers: Suspending Students for Failure to Wear a School Uniform

Question:Although all of our students and their parents sign a uniform commitment agreement, we have several students who are arriving at school without their uniforms on a regular basis. Can students be held in in-school suspension until they arrive with a school uniform or a parent arrives with a uniform for them?

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CCSA Answers: Cell Phone Usage by Charter School Students

Question: What rights does a charter school have to specify student cell phone usage during the school day?

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CCSA Answers: Sending Home Student Progress Reports Via Students

Question: Is there a regulation that stipulates that student progress reports may not be sent to parents through students? Must they be mailed or hand-delivered instead?

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Court of Appeal Allows Dismissal as an Alternative to Expulsion, But Ignores Constitutional Due Process Rights

In June, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that a charter school student was not entitled to the evidentiary hearing required under Education Code section 48918 before being dismissed from a charter school for bringing a knife to school and threatening a fellow student (Scott B. v. Orange County High School of Arts 217 Cal.App.4th 117 (Cal.App. 4 Dist.2013).

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Why Invite Elected Officials to Your School

Many local and state elected officials may not be familiar with charter schools, so take the opportunity to show them the good things happening at your school.

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CCSA Answers: School Site Council Requirement for Charter Schools

Question: Are charter schools that are receiving federal funding required to have School Site Councils or exhibit evidence of parent participation? If yes, what is the authority for this requirement?

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CCSA Answers: Providing Accommodations for a Parent with a Hearing Impairment

Question: We have a parent, who is hard of hearing, attending an upcoming evening tour of our charter school. She is requesting that we provide her with a sign language interpreter. Is this something we are required to do?

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CCSA Answers: Parent Conferences

Question: Our charter school is a home study/independent studies school. Our contract states that we will hold “regularly scheduled conferences.” How often are we required to hold conferences? Is there a law that governs this?

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CCSA Answers: Presidential Executive Order and Charter Schools

Question: What records must charter schools provide to help current and former students meet the requirements of President Obama’s June 15, 2012 executive order regarding the execution of prosecutorial discretion with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children?

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CCSA Answers: Authority for Enforcing a Discipline Policy

Question: At our school, students who are excessively tardy or break the rules are assigned “Campus Beautification” or “CB.” The student helps clean up the cafeteria or may be assigned to help serve, so “CB” duty has been an effective discipline tool for us. This policy is stated in our Student Handbook, which is signed by each parent and student upon enrollment. Most parents are supportive. However, a few parents have complained that “CB” duty humiliates their child. How much authority do we have to enforce our discipline policy?

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