Rules & Policies

Chancellor’s Regulations

The New York City Department of Education's (NYCDOE) Chancellor's Regulations cover a wide range of policies, divided into four sections.

  • Volume A addresses student-related issues, from admissions to promotion.
  • Volume B addresses school-based budgeting.
  • Volume C addresses employee issues, from hiring to termination.
  • Volume D addresses parent and community involvement.

The regulations are available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

Tiered Response Protocol

Joint statement introducing a Tiered Response Protocol for high-risk cases of educational neglect and unexplained absence.

Student Records

Student records includes report cards and  transcripts. These help schools, students, and families track academic progress.

Graduation Requirements

Find out about the requirements for graduating from high school. Learn about the different diploma options (in all nine covered languages). Get resources for college and career readiness.

Promotion Policy

The promotion policy describes the standards students must meet to be promoted to the next grade at the end of each school year. You can read a description of the promotion process written for families in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu..

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

This 2001 federal law is designed to raise academic standards, close achievement gaps, encourage more school accountability, and offer more choices to families and students.

Discipline Code

The Discipline Code covers infractions and the range of possible disciplinary and other responses for grades K-5 and grades 6-12, including how students/families can appeal decisions. It also includes the Student’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. The guide is available in all nine covered langauges. Download the most recent version of the Discipline Code along with the Chancellor's letter to parents and Behavioral Contracts for students.

Parent Bill of Rights

The Parent Bill of Rights spells out the rights and responsibilities of parents and families to help ensure that all students get a quality education. We've also developed a comprehensive procedure for parents to lodge complaints.

Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security

The Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security spells out additional rights of parents regarding their child’s data.
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Respect for All

The NYCDOE is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, citizen-ship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or weight. Respect for All offers supports and resources for educators, students and families.

Student Bill of Rights 

The Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities lays out standards, rights, and expectations for students. It is a part of the Discipline Code.

Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP)

The IAUSP outlines the rules and requirements for using the internet for employees, students, and others who may be using an NYCDOE network or device.

Transgender Student Guidelines

These guidelines are designed to provide direction for schools to address issues that may arise concerning the needs of transgender students.

Social Media

Learn about Social Media, Digital Literacy and Citizenship. Read the Social Media Guidelines for staff and students and get the Parent and Family Guide to the Student Social Media Guidelines.

Language Access Policy

The NYCDOE's Language Access Policy outlines how, when, and why we translate documents.

The Parent's Guide to Language Access is also a resource for parents. This is a multilingual brochure that:

  • Informs parents of their right to free translation and interpretation services.
  • Includes a cut out "I Speak" card.
  • Directs parents to translated content on the NYCDOE website.
  • Reminds parents to email us at or call us at 718-935-2013 to provide feedback on language services.

Procurement Policy and Procedures

The Procurement Policy and Procedures Policy sets forth policies and procedures for procuring goods and services by schools and offices in the NYCDOE. It also assigns specific responsibilities to individuals to ensure accountability, fairness and transparency in the procurement process.

National Student Clearinghouse Directory Information Notice and Opt Out Form

The NYCDOE is working to provide students with a rich, engaging, and rigorous education that prepares them for college or a career when they graduate. To accomplish these goals,the DOE regularly requests data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), which has a database of college enrollment and degree information from more than 3,600 colleges and universities.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, prohibits the NYC DOE from releasing a student’s personally identifiable information without consent. However, an exception to this rule allows the NYC DOE to release certain types of information called “directory information”. The directory information to be released to NSC will consist of the names and dates of birth of, first, students who entered 9th grade in 2015-2016 and, second, NYC DOE high school students for the years 2002-2016.The NSC then matches this directory information to its database and provides the NYC DOE with information on former NYC DOE students, consisting of the college or university that the student entered, dates enrolled, graduation date and degree earned. NYC DOE uses this information to help understand and improve students’ college readiness and success. 

Families and students who do not want to share student information should complete the National Student Clearinghouse Directory Opt Out Form. Only students and families that wish to exercise that right to opt out need to complete the form. Translated versions of the document are also available.

If you have any questions about the Opt Out Form, or efforts to prepare your child for college and a career, you may contact your child’s school directly for information.

School Scanning Policy

Scanning is implemented in New York City public schools on the following bases: 1) on a full time basis whenever the school is being used; or 2) on a part time basis during randomly assigned days of the week during school hours. In addition, schools are randomly selected for scanning throughout the year or scanning may occur at a particular school when there is reason to believe that there is a threat to the safety of the school community.