Rules & Policies

Chancellor’s Regulations

The 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.

Discipline Code

This guide covers infractions and the range of possible disciplinary and other responses for grades K-5 and grades 6-12, plus how students/families can appeal decisions. It also includes the Student’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. The guide is available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. The 2013 version of the Discipline Code (in English only) is now available, along with Parent Letters and Behavioral Contracts. 

Parent Bill of Rights

The Parents' 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.

Student’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

The Student's Bill of Rights lays out standards, rights, and expectations for students. It is a part of the discipline code.

Language Access Policy

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

No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

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

Promotion Policy

The promotion policy describes the details of the City’s policy that ended the “social promotion” of students in grades 3 and 5 until they demonstrate they are academically prepared.

Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP)

The IAUSP out lines the rules and requirements for using this Web site.

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 Department of Education. It also assigns specific responsibilities to individuals to ensure accountability, fairness and transparency in the procurement process.

US DOE FAFSA Completion Project and National Student Clearinghouse Directory Information Notice and Opt Out Form

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) 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 this, the DOE is working with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), which provides information on graduates’ college outcomes.

In order for the DOE to obtain data and information from the U.S. Department of Education and NSC on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and college enrollment, the DOE will be sharing certain student information with these organizations.

Federal law regarding student privacy requires the DOE to provide families and students with notice and an opportunity to instruct the DOE not to release this information. Families and students who do not want to share student information should complete the US DOE FAFSA Completion Project and National Student Clearinghouse Directory Information Notice and Opt Out Form. Only students and families that wish to exercise that right to opt out need to complete the form. Here are the translations.

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. For additional information, please contact the school’s Network Leader. To locate the Network Leader’s name and phone number, use the School Search tool to go to the school’s portal page.