Policy Services
Policy Services of Erie 1 BOCES works with over 375 school districts across New York State to develop and maintain Board-adopted Policy and Administrative (Regulation) Manuals. 

Our policy coordinators continually research changes in federal and state law and regulations, Commissioner's Regulations and State Education guidance and apply those changes to policies and regulations. We have developed a system of options to allow a district to participate at a level that best meets their needs.


School Districts Across the State
For Our Subscribing Districts

Monthly Policy Updates

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Monthly Administrative Updates

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Quarterly Policy Revisions

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These are password protected sites for districts that currently participate in our services

For additional questions or to request information about our services, please contact Janell Hallgren, Manager of Policy Services, at 716-821-7084 or jhallgren@e1b.org.
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Active Projects

Districts that are currently working on the development of new Policy or Administrative Manuals are encouraged to contact their Policy Coordinator to check on the status of these projects. Ideally, Manuals that are in the second year of development or an Extension year should be completed by or shortly after July 1, 2014 to avoid the need for an Extension. However, if your district will need another full year to complete the development of the Manual, an Extension is a practical option.

Districts that are currently working on an Annual Policy or Administrative Audit are also encouraged to contact their Policy Coordinator to check on the status of the Audit. Annual Audits should be completed on an annual basis to help keep your Policy or Administrative Manuals as up-to-date and legally compliant as possible.

2014-2015 Policy Services - Participation and Prices

This is a reminder for those Districts that use the WinCap Portal for online participation that the Portal opened on Jan. 16, 2014 and will remain open until Feb. 28, 2014. The Portal will close for one week and then reopen until April 29, 2014.

At this time of the year, we receive many questions about the prices of our services. For 2014-15, our prices will be as follows:

Policy Manual Development
Cost: $8,400 (usually split over two academic years)
1st Year of Development = $4,200 (659.405.01)
2nd Year of Development = $4,200 (659.405.02)
Extension Year = $2,200 (659.405.03) (if necessary)

Administrative Manual Development
Cost: $8,400 (usually split over two academic years)
1st Year of Development = $4,200 (659.410.01)
2nd Year of Development = $4,200 (659.410.02)
Extension Year = $2,200 (659.410.03) (if necessary)

Online Policy Manual (1st year)
Cost: $2,400 (659.408) (Initial one-time set up fee to place the Policy Manual Online)

Online Policy Manual Maintenance
Cost: $1,500 (659.409) (This service is for the years following the initial set-up of the Online Manual)

Monthly Policy Updates (Level 1)
Cost: $595 (659.420)

Monthly Administrative Updates (Level 1)
Cost: $595 (659.425)

Quarterly Policy Revisions & Monthly Policy Updates (Level 2)
Cost: $1,600 (659.430)

Quarterly Administrative Revisions & Monthly Administrative Updates (Level 2)
Cost: $1,600 (659.435)

Annual Policy Audits (Level 3)
Service Code: 659.440.01 - Cost within one year: $2,700
Service Code: 659.440.02 - Cost within two years: $4,800
Service Code: 659.440.03 - Cost within three years: $6,900

Annual Administrative Audits (Level 3)
Service Code: 659.440.04 - Cost within one year: $2,700
Service Code: 659.440.05 - Cost within two years: $4,800
Service Code: 659.440.06 - Cost within three years: $6,900

Questions or Comments

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about any Policy-related issues, do not hesitate to contact your Policy Coordinator or Janell Hallgren at (716) 821-7084 or jhallgren@e1b.org.

Links to Related Policy Issues
The Family and Medical Leave Act

    DOL Administrator's Interpretation Regarding the Care for an Adult Child

    Federal Regulation Expanding Leave for the Care of a Military Member and a Qualifying Exigency

    Updated Poster on "Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under the Family and Medical Leave Act"

Protecting Student Data

    U.S. Education Department's Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

    U.S. Education Department's Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO)

    FERPA amendment (2008)

    FERPA amendment (2011)
Credential Options for Students with Disabilities

    SED Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential for Students with Severe Disabilities Field Advisory 

    SED Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential Field Advisory

    SED Amendment to Commissioner's Regulations Regarding Safety Net

    SED Chart of Diploma and Credential Requirements

Dignity for All Students Act

    Dignity Act Resources and Guides

    April 23, 2013 Amendments (effective July 1, 2013)

    May 20, 2013 Amendments (effective July 1, 2013)


    SED Guidelines for Concussion Management in the School Setting

    CDC Resources on Traumatic Brain Injury

    Department of Health Resources on Sports-Related Concussions

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

    Speak Up Report of Mobile Devices and Personalized Learning

    Speak Up National Research Project on Digital Learning

New York State Laws

    Education Laws
Questions? Contact:
Janell Hallgren, Manager
(716) 821-7084
  Patricia "TC" Ferrito, Coordinator
(716) 821-7612
Brian Hartmann, Esq.
(716) 821-7569
  Jane Freer, Coordinator
(716) 821-7363
Victoria Forcucci, Sr. Clerk Typist
(716) 821-7534
  Carol Carlin, Coordinator
(716) 821-7428

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