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

  • PD Series: Data Study for Equitable Schools

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Without knowing where we are, knowing where to go seems impossible. In this PD Series, you will engage with the Data Wise process and learn ways to use assessment data to move towards equitable access and outcomes. Administrators and teacher leaders will have the opportunity to consider the process and bring ideas to teacher teams to improve teaching and learning for all students.

    By the end of this series, you will:
    Understand the three phases of the Data Wise process.
    Engage in protocols to support continuous learning.
    Develop a plan for developing a culture for data study at your school.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Mentor Texts to Promote Social Justice and Culturally Responsive Teaching (Grades 3-6)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    In order for students to feel valued in our classrooms, they must be represented in the books we share with them. Whether it is the characters on the pages of our read alouds, the families, cultures, and settings represented in our novels, or the author's experiences that inspire the picture books we share, our students need to feel represented and heard. Mentor texts can be more than simply books we use to teach writing strategies and skills. These texts can also be springboards into discussing the issues of our time with the students who sit before us, looking for ways to make a change for peace and justice.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • PD Shorts: Bias Busting Workshop

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    During this PD Short, participants will deepen their understanding of implicit bias and learn how one's personal and cultural experiences can affect one's ability to teach and lead. Tools will be shared to allow participants to deeply reflect upon issues of bias and how to begin to teach and lead with a focus on equity.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Celebrating our Learners: Inquiry-Driven Leadership Development of School Librarians

    Click here to Register through My Learning Plan. 

     

    This series of four online workshops is designed to engage school librarians in an inquiry-driven process of rethinking their programs to respond to their own and their students' experiences during the pandemic year of 2020-2021. Through this series, librarians will be able to change the narrative from deficit-based (what students lost during the pandemic) to strengths-based (what capacities and attitudes students developed during the pandemic). Librarian/Teacher teams will develop leadership skills and learn to redesign their library learning experiences to capitalize on students' new strengths and foster a culture and instructional program that lead to independent learning and student agency.

    Dates & Time

    8:30am-11:30am

    December 9, January 20, February 4, March 7


    Networking Session
    A series of four virtual after-school networking sessions that support the development of skills and strategies to gather, analyze, and share information, and offer an opportunity to share and get feedback from your colleagues. These sessions are optional based on your needs.

    Dates & Time

    3:15pm-5:15pm

    January 5, January 27, February 8, March 15

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Curriculum Council Meeting

    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
  • Curriculum Council Meeting

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the initial course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This workshop serves to build a foundation for evaluation, including a focus on evidence-based observation. Considerations for Teachers of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners will be explored. Participants will develop an understanding of APPR components and Independent Evaluators. Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion that the district may use as evidence in their process of certifying Lead Evaluators.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the initial course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This workshop serves to build a foundation for evaluation, including a focus on evidence-based observation. Considerations for Teachers of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners will be explored. Participants will develop an understanding of APPR components and Independent Evaluators. Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion that the district may use as evidence in their process of certifying Lead Evaluators.

    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
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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