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

  • Institute III: Rethinking Assessments for Blended Classrooms

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Institute III: Establishing Culture in the Virtual Classroom

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Institute III: Instructional Leadership in Virtual Learning

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual Meetup Curriculum Council Hosted by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Wilson

    For more information contact Dr. Mary Elizabeth Wilson.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Institute III: Standards-based Decision-Making for Using Software and Digital Tools

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Institute III: Engaging Parents and Caregivers as Partners in Virtual Learning

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Institute III: Inclusive Virtual Learning Environments

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Institute III: Making the Shift to Virtual Learning

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Supporting Science Research Students in the Summer Virtual Experience and Preparation for Fall

    Presented by Eleanor Friedman and Michael Blueglass

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    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