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.

Events coming up

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training (Day 2)

    Managing aggressive and violent behavior has become an essential skill relevant to all school personnel. Staff members need safe, effective behavior management training designed to maintain the care, welfare, safety, and security of all involved in a crisis. Teachers and support staff will explore a range of "risk behaviors" and practice appropriate de-escalation strategies to address these behaviors while maintaining the best possible professional attitude. These sessions will be conducted in-person on two separate days. You must attend the two full-days that are listed together on the list below. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification.
     
    If you would like to schedule this event in your district,  please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.
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  • January Book Club: Lost at School - Exploring the work of Dr. Ross Greene (ZOOM)

    Click here to register on My Learning Plan.

    Looking to start the New Year with a different approach to your students who are exhibiting challenging behaviors in the classroom? Developed by Dr. Ross Greene, Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is the model of care founded upon the belief that students do well if they CAN.

    Lost at School is an accessible text that allows the reader space to engage in the process with their own students with shared resources. Coming together as a group will allow time to problem solve together and provide a community of professional support to lean into and learn from.

    Course fee includes:
    -Lost at School eBook 6-month access
    -additional 1:1 sessions with facilitator to support work between/after sessions

    About the Facilitator: Elizabeth M. DellaBadia served as a special educator in a NYC Public School for 16 years and is passionate about teaching children who have unmet needs and supporting the educators who teach them.

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  • 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY

    2022-23 Early Learners Educators' Network

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The Early Learning Educators' Network is back in 2023. In early 2020, educators of students in PreK though grade 3 studied together to deepen their understanding around important topics in early childhood education. As the Network returns, it serves as a practitioners' venue with the intent of developing inclusive, active, student-centered environments for the youngest leaners. Together, we will build upon each other's experiences to strengthen practices and build resources.

    The NYSED Introduction to the New York State Next Generation Early Learning Standards highlights the importance of understanding that " Standards serve to articulate the expectations of what [young] children can learn and do as a result of instruction that is not standardized, but personalized, differentiated, adapted, culturally and linguistically relevant, and context-based.” We will explore these topics through various approaches.

    Network Goals:

    - Convene Early Learning Educators to collaborate and deepen learning

    - Ground our work in NYSED's Office of Early Learning resources and research from the field

    - Identify an area of focus and implement action steps

    - Contribute to Network resources and co-construct priorities

    Contract Tracy Tyler (ttyler@swboces.org) for team pricing.

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  • ZOOM

    Leading Leaders: Recertification Leaders Who Supervise and Evaluate Principals (Virtual)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Presented by: Dr. Mary Elizabeth Wilson

    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, leadership standards, and related leadership rubrics,
    -examine new NYSED guidance,
    -revisit APPR plans in the context of the 2022-2023 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.

    The registration fee will apply unless cancellation is made one week prior to the workshop date.

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  • PD Short: Facilitating Classroom Conversations about the Holocaust in Elementary and Middle School

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    On August 10, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law Chapter 490 of the Laws of 2022 requiring a survey regarding instruction on the Holocaust within New York State public school districts. A report on findings from the Fall 2022 survey of New York State public school districts regarding instruction on the Holocaust within the state indicated that 100% of middle school grades were providing instruction on the Holocaust, but only 73% of elementary grades were.

    In this PD Short, we will explore resources to teach the Holocaust at the elementary and middle school levels, in addition to collaborating on best practices to engage students in these critical conversations. Zoom links and information will be emailed the day before the course begins to the email address you registered with.

    For questions regarding this activity, please contact edellabadia@swboces.org. For questions regarding registration, please contact droselli@swboces.org.

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  • PD Short: Authentically Embedding SEL into Literacy Instruction

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    In the literacy classroom, social emotional learning can be infused into every aspect of instruction.

    This workshop will review the key components of social emotional learning using the CASEL competencies and explore several instructional strategies that will allow students to develop their own social emotional skill set, cultivate empathy, and engage in self-reflection.

    Zoom links and information will be emailed the day before the course begins to the email address you registered with.

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  • SLS OverDrive Users Group Meeting (Zoom)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The SWBOCES Digital Library Program is a collaborative online service that includes eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines made available through Sora. The SWBOCES Digital Library is an extension of school libraries' print collections. With 24/7 access, students and teachers can check out titles anywhere, anytime in multiple formats. Open to all school librarians, administrators, and other educators who wish to engage readers through the use of digital content.

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  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ZOOM)

    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

    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate. Important: A TEACH account is required to verify attendance to NYSED. To create a TEACH account, please go to: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach/.

    Please log in at 8:50am each day. Latecomers cannot be admitted due to NYS Education Department guidelines for certification.
    Your camera must be on and you must be present on-screen at all times during the session. Participation in the session, including responding to prompts in the chat, is required. Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in 0 credits. Zoom links will be emailed before the course begins.
    Fee: $135 per participant in the form of check or money order made payable to SWBOCES must be mailed to:
    SWBOCES, 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528
    Attention: Dina Roselli
    Attend all 4 NYS Mandated Courses: $315 (DASA, Autism, Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Intervention & Prevention) For questions regarding this activity, please contact droselli@swboces.org.

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  • PD Short: Numberless Word Problems

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Do you find that your students are searching for the numerical values within word problems and completing operations with them until they find an answer that "fits"?

    Numberless word problems is a task-based routine that emphasizes the mathematical context and exploration of the given situation without concern for any numerical inputs. This work will reinforce for your students the value of understanding the situation first, before encoding it with an equation or expression.

    Zoom links and information will be emailed the day before the course begins to the email address you registered with.

    For questions regarding this activity, please contact edellabadia@swboces.org. For questions regarding registration, please contact droselli@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • ZOOM

    Building Leadership Capacity - Ongoing Training for Those Who Observe Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Evidence-Based Feedback and thoughtful Coaching Conversations support improved instructional practice. Participants will further develop skills in evidence-based observation and explore strategies for promoting teacher reflection that supports professional growth. Using a lens of equity in the evaluation process will be discussed. Attention to Current APPR updates from the state will be shared during the training. This learning experience is appropriate for all Lead Evaluators who have been previously certified by their districts and can be used by districts as evidence for recertification. The session will also include the most current updates from NYSED.

    Audience: This series is for continuing administrators who will be evaluating teachers and have previously completed the initial Lead Evaluator certification training. Materials:
    Participants should bring a copy of the rubric being used in their district for teacher evaluation.


    Fee:
    $210 per participant for CoSer 555 members
    $275 per participant for all others

    The registration fee will apply unless cancellation is made one week prior to the workshop date.

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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