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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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
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...
Wellness - In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), which requires that each school district participating in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program... Read More...
Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination - As you may recall, our office made significant revisions to a number of sample policies involving discrimination and harassment as part of our October/November 2014 Update. At that time, however, we... Read More...
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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, 2015 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.

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

Lindsay Menasco, Esq.
(716) 821-7183
  Carol Carlin, Coordinator
(716) 821-7428

Jill Emmons, Esq.
(716) 821-7553

Victoria Forcucci, Sr. Clerk Typist
(716) 821-7534

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