School Safety and Facilities

Coronavirus Resources Page

 Southern Westchester BOCES has been assembling and sharing reliable resources about the COVID-19 outbreak since January. In response to the rapidly changing situation, coupled with requests from our districts, we have created this COVID-19 Resource Page. This continuously updated repository provides information and guidance from medical professionals and public health officials, curated to inform and protect the health and safety of our community.

     Brandon Cruz
     Supervisor of School Safety & Facilities
     (914) 345-8500, Ext. 3167
     bcruz@swboces.org

Brandon A. Cruz, Supervisor

Brandon CruzSchool Safety & Facilities
(914) 345-8500, Ext. 3167
bcruz@swboces.org

CoSer 644 provides training, consultation and technical assistance to create and maintain an educational environment that is a model for workplace safety and best practices. We  work directly with districts to handle matters of compliance with regulatory requirements and SAVE legislation.

Brandon Cruz addresses DA workshop on school safety in White Plains

principal, safety supervisor and Assistant District Attorney

Collaboration around violence prevention in addition to crisis response is key to successful school safety planning, SWBOCES Supervisor of School Safety Brandon Cruz told more than 40 school and law enforcement officials. 

"Today was to get the message out to school districts to let them know that there has to be a collaborative effort put into place in order to prevent, in order to mitigate incidents of school violence," Mr. Cruz said following a workshop in White Plains to review the recent report titled "Creating Safer Schools." Click here to read the full article...

Click here to learn more about the Westchester School Safety Commission Report.

Events coming up

  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Curriculum Council Meeting

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual Meetup: New York's Red Flag Law: How Schools Can Help

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Representatives from the Westchester District Attorney's Office and Everytown for Gun Safety will conduct a training on New York's Red Flag Law, also known as the extreme risk protection order ("ERPO”) law. This law permits family members, law enforcement, teachers, and school administrators to petition a court for an order to temporarily remove guns from a person who may be dangerous to themselves or others and prevent that person from purchasing any new firearms. Learn how this law can be utilized by school officials and what courts require before issuing an ERPO.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Child Abuse: Identification and Reporting Procedures

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    According to the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention, at least in 7 students experience child abuse or neglect in the United States. While much progress has been made, there are things that can be done to protect children from abuse. Through this training, K-12 educators will become equipped with the knowledge to recognize and report signs of abuse.


    During the training, participants will be able to identify:
    •Child abuse and neglect
    •Professional issues and concerns
    •Community resources
    •Legal responsibilities in reporting child abuse/neglect cases
    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Reconnect and Recharge: Kick off your school year with renewed energy AND NYSAWA!

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Join the Lower Hudson Valley Region NYSAWA (New York State Association for Women In Administration) for its Kick-Off Networking Event! Meet other Leaders interested in supporting women in educational leadership roles. Network with other leaders and hear from women leaders making a difference. Take some time to celebrate in a fun and supportive environment.

    NYSAWA is the largest organization of women school and district administrators in New York State. We are a grassroots organization of women and men from all levels of school and district administration dedicated to using multi-strategy approaches to solving issues women administrators face in the workplace. We seek equity, inclusion, tolerance, diversity, and fair treatment of all.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Leaders' Network

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This Network will support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and DEI point-personnel across our region. As the DEI point person for your school/district, we invite you to meet with DEI Leader colleagues to collaborative on DEI policy, strategic planning, and implementation; engage in turnkey DEI focused professional development; learn from experts; and explore DEI resources for student and adult learners.
    Specifically, as a member of the DEI Leaders' Network you will:

    • Consider the questions, is my school/district equitable? and How do I know?, and respond with evidence

    • Deepen your understanding of the NYSED DEI policy and the NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Frameworks

    • Develop your entry plan as DEI leader for your school/district

    • Identify district/school informed goals/outcomes for your role and your DEI work

    • Learn about Equity Visits and host one

    • Explore ways to effectively engage stakeholder groups in your school/district's DEI work; plan, engage, and share with the network

    • Select and adopt curriculum frameworks to examine exciting curriculum and, where needed, make recommendations to teaching colleagues to embed DEI in day-to-day teaching and learning

    • Examine, practice, and implement research-based data collection and data study protocols

    • Design and share your DEI plan

    • Identify and contribute to Network resources and co-construct priorities

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Leading Leaders: Initial Training for Those Who Supervise and Evaluate Principals (Hybrid Course)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    This is the initial course for district leaders who supervise and evaluate principals. In this four-part session, we will:

    -build a foundation for principal evaluation through the nine required training elements and related leadership rubrics,
    -explore the use of school visits and related evidence gathering practices,
    -discuss aligning supervision and evaluation to district and NYSED initiatives,
    -shift evaluation from a compliance activity to a professional growth opportunity, and
    -emphasize developmental feedback for continuous growth.

    A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of this course which can be used as evidence for certification of principal evaluators.

    These sessions will be available in person at 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528 OR VIA ZOOM

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Leading Leaders: Recertification Training for Those Who Supervise and Evaluate Principals (Hybrid)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the recertification course for district leaders who supervise and evaluate principals. In this two part session, we will:

    -continue to leverage evaluation and supervision to drive effective, developmental feedback that supports principals in their practice,
    -review the nine required training elements and related leadership rubrics,
    -examine new NYSED guidance,
    -revisit APPR plans in the context of the 2021-2022 school year,
    -focus on how we can assist principals in addressing NYSED's DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Policy in their schools.

    A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of this course which can be used as evidence for certification of principal evaluators. PD Shorts and additional resources will be shared throughout the year to extend participant learning, address mid-year updates, and supplement the recertification course.
    Participants: Central Office Administrators and Independent Evaluators who are responsible for supervising and evaluating school principals and have already been certified as principal evaluators.

    These sessions will be available in person at 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528 OR VIA ZOOM

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual Meetup: Suicide Awareness Month: A Time to Raise Awareness

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    We would like to remind you that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. Join us on October 1st as we share vital resources, spread hope, and strengthen our region's commitment to suicide prevention and mental health promotion each and every day. Please remember that although September is designated as Suicide Prevention Month, we can raise awareness all year long. We look forward to seeing you at this special event.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
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Mandated Training

The Mandated Training Link above lists School Safety training mandates and Facilities requirements for all NYS schools and districts.  Please refer to  the link and to our Training and Services listed below.

 

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Regional Facilities News

Southern Westchester BOCES is proud to partner with the Southeastern Chapter of the New York State School Facilities Association (NYSSFA).  Please use the links below to find the NYSSFA meeting calendar and training information.

NYSSFA Calendar

NYSSFA Training Opportunities

School Safety Training

  • Active Shooter Training
  • Building Level Emergency Response Planning
  • CPR/AED
  • Crisis Response Training
  • DASA/Violence Prevention refreshers
  • Develop Crisis Plans
  • Incident Command Management
  • Lockdown Emergency Training
  • New Building Emergency Plan Template
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safety Audits
  • Table Top Exercises

Facilities/Compliance

  • Asbestos testing and training
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan Development
  • Chemical and Petroleum Storage
  • Cooling Towers Inspections
  • CPR/AED
  • Fire Inspections
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Playground and Gymnasium Inspections
  • Right to Know
  • Underground Storage Tank Programs
  • Water Testing