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.


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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.
What's the Buzz in Policy
Administration of Medication and Students with Life-Threatening Health Conditions - New York recently enacted or amended legislation regarding the administration and stocking of certain medications in schools. Specifically, students with asthma, allergies, and diabetes are... Read More...
Student Gender Identity - In mid-July, NYSED issued formal guidance to help districts create a safe and supportive educational environment for transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) students. Whether in the sports arena... Read More...
Sports and the Athletic Program - Beginning in the fall of 2015, student-athletes who want to participate in a sport above or below their normal grade level will need to meet the requirements of a new standard, the Athletic... Read More...
Instruction for English Language Learners - As school administrators and teaching staff likely know, the State Education Department recently revised Part 154 of the Commissioner's regulations to ensure equal educational opportunities for... Read More...
Data Networks and Security Access - As school administrators and officials are profoundly aware, districts have faced a number of significant challenges in recent years with respect to protecting their district computer systems,... Read More...
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Title IX Workshop

Below you will find the links for additional handouts for the Title IX Workshop (November 23, 2015).


Power Point

Session:  Role and Responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator

OCR Dear Colleague Letter April 24, 2015

OCR Dear Title IX Coordinator April 24, 2015

OCR Title IX Resource Guide April 2015

OCR Sample Notice of Non-Discrimination August 2010

Session:  Investigating Complaints

Checklist for Investigators

Interview Format Cover Sheet - Complainant/Witness

Interview Format Cover Sheet - Alleged Harasser

Session:  Policy Implication of Title IX

Q and A on Title IX and Sexual Violence

Policy #3420 -- Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment

Regulation #3420R -- Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment

Policy #6120 -- Equal Employment Opportunity

Policy #6121 -- Sexual Harassment of District Personnel

Policy #6122 -- Employee Grievances

Policy #7420 -- Sports and the Athletic Program

Policy #7550 -- Dignity for All Students

Regulation #7550R -- Dignity for All Students

Policy #7551 -- Sexual Harassment of Students

Policy #8130 -- Equal Educational Opportunities

NYSPHSAA Transgender Guidelines

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) issued guidelines this summer relating to the participation of transgender and gender nonconforming students in athletics.  We have attached a copy of NYSPHSAA's guidelines here as a reference.

NYSPHSAA Transgender Guidelines July 2015

Transgender Students

In recent months, the State Education Department has been considering issues underlying the accommodation of transgender and gender nonconforming students, and steps districts can take to ensure these children are provided with equal access to the educational environment. SED worked with advocacy groups to prepare the recently issued "New York State Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students Guidance Document." According to SED, "[t]he Guidance Document is intended to be used by school boards and administrators in the development of school procedures and district policies related to transgender and gender nonconforming students and includes relevant state and federal law and definitions related to transgender and gender nonconforming students." We encourage school district officials to consult this guidance—which is available at:
http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/meetings/Jul%202015/715p12d1.pdf. As a reminder, the Dignity for All Students Act protects students from discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Teacher Certification

You are probably aware of the new registration requirements for classroom teachers and certain school leaders and teaching assistants passed as part of the 2015-2016 State budget. Starting in school year 2016-2017, these personnel must register with SED every five years and certify that they have completed 100 hours of continuing teacher and leader education during that period. The deadlines for registration will be determined on a rolling basis, and the schedule will be posted on the Office of Teaching Initiatives website, http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/, later this year. SED will also establish regulations prescribing the registration process and the required course work later this year. Upon receipt of the SED requirements, we will make any needed changes or additions to policies and regulations.


In late June 2015, the State Department of Health informed SED that the effective date of the new immunization regulations would be September 1, 2015. In addition, we included the administration of immunizing agents against meningococcal disease as part of our recently updated sample Immunization Regulation. The State Senate and State Assembly both passed a bill that would require a vaccination against meningitis that is pending before the Governor. We reasonably anticipate that the bill will be signed into law. It will be effective "immediately" as part of Public Health Law Section 2164.

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

Carol Carlin, Coordinator
(716) 821-7428

Lindsay Menasco, Esq.
(716) 821-7183
  Victoria Forcucci, Sr. Clerk Typist
(716) 821-7534

Jill Emmons, Esq.
(716) 821-7553

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