School Safety and Facilities

Brandon A. Cruz, Supervisor

Brandon CruzCoSer 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.  

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

Events coming up

  • via Zoom

    Managing Behavior in Physical Education, Goal Setting, and Placement Decision Making Related to Physical Education PE/HE CONSORTIUM

     

    Register through My Learning Plan here.

    This presentation will start with understanding the current behaviors that teachers are seeing and some approaches to minimizing the negative behaviors and increasing the positive behaviors. We will discuss goal setting as it is reflected in the units taught throughout the year. We will take a look at the placements of these students to see if this may be an issue that contributes to the negative behaviors. If we have time we will review the 12 Myths and Facts about teaching students with disabilities in physical education.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • SWBOCES - 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd floor, Harrison, NY

    Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training

    Register through My Learning Plan here.

    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. You must attend both days. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a partner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification.

     

     

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • SWBOCES - 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd floor, Harrison, NY

    Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training

    Register through My Learning Plan here.

    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. You must attend both days. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a partner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification.

     

     

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Zoom

    SLS OPALS Features and Enhancements

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    Leading Leaders: Using Principal Evaluation as a Tool for Growth (3 of 4)

     

    Register through My Learning Plan here.

    Effective leadership is critical to transforming districts, schools, and student outcomes, and the district leaders who supervise and evaluate principals play an essential role in that process. Participation in this learning session will prepare you to engage with, and implement the professional standards and guidelines (PSEL and ISLLC) for evaluation in a manner that best supports the growth and development of our schools' principals.

     

     

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    SLS Elementary School Librarians Forum

     

    Register through My Learning Plan here.

    Join your fellow elementary school librarians in the Southern Westchester Region to discuss issues that impact your teaching, library program, and school community. Librarians are encouraged to submit topics of interest as we co-create our monthly agenda together. 

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    Reducing Weight Stigma in Schools PE/HE CONSORTIUM

     

    Register through My Learning Plan here.

    This session will focus on reducing weight stigma and bias by debunking some common social ideals and providing resources and next steps for creating inclusive curricula and spaces where all students feel welcome and affirmed. Participants will explore how weight-based bias occurs in schools, issues with diet culture ideals, and how common social conversations can affect the perceptions of students. Resources and lessons will be provided

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    SLS Secondary School Librarians Forum

     

    Register through My Learning Plan here

    Join your fellow secondary school librarians in the Southern Westchester Region to discuss issues that impact your teaching, library, and school community. Librarians are encouraged to submit topics of interest as we co-create our monthly agenda together. 

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Via Zoom

    SLS Follett Features and Enhancements

     

    The Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System will host a virtual Follett User Group meeting via Zoom. Join fellow librarians at this local User Group meeting with our partners from Follett to learn how to get the most out of your library software. Attend this FREE User Group meeting to gain valuable insight on the latest features and updates and have your questions answered.

    Register through My Learning Plan here.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    SLS Mandarin Features and Enhancements

     

    Register through My Learning Plan here.

    The Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System will host a virtual Mandarin User Group meeting via Zoom. Users learn how to get the most out of library software and learn more about new features of Mandarin and Oasis. Meet us virtually to attend this FREE User Group meeting to have your questions answered by Art Graham, Mandarin VP. You will gain valuable insight on all the latest features and upgrades.

    Center for Professional Learning 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