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Picture of Women Holding BooksPolicy 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.

Policy 101:  Back to Basics Workshop
The PowerPoint is available under the Monthly Policy Update tab for our subscribing districts.




School Districts Across the State
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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

Graduation is an important part of student planning.  To ensure compliance with recent changes in Commissioner's regulations, we revised and updated our graduation policies (#7220 -- Graduation Options/Early Graduation/Accelerated Programs and #7222 -- Diploma or Credential Options for Students with Disabilities) as part of the September 2016 Policy Update. This update largely incorporates the addition of the superintendent determination safety net option. We expect that SED will be recommending additional changes for Board of Regents consideration in October, but we do not anticipate the revisions to be effective until April 2017. We will update this policy again, if needed, before the school year ends. We also revised the corresponding administrative regulation (#7222R -- Diploma or Credential Options for Students with Disabilities).
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Transgender Students

Our office previously noted that the New York State Education Department (SED) issued the "New York State Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students Guidance Document" in July 2015 to assist educators in accommodating transgender and gender nonconforming students along with steps school districts can take to ensure these children are provided with equal access to the educational environment; this guidance document remains in effect. Recently, on May 13, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice jointly issued a new federal guidance document to educators in another concerted effort to assist them in providing transgender students with a safe and inclusive educational environment free from discrimination. This guidance document prohibits discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status. We encourage school district officials to consult this newly issued federal guidance. As a reminder, the Dignity for All Students Act protects students from discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Information for District Clerks

In order to assist district clerks with frequently asked questions regarding the maintenance of policy manuals, Policy Services has developed two PowerPoints:  one on the numbering and dating of policies, and another on the deletion of policies.  We encourage you to consult these resources if you have any questions or concerns related to the issues they address.

Numbering and Dating Policies

Deleting Policies


NYSED recently published guidance documents to support districts as they implement their APPR plans during the four-year transition (or, moratorium) period. The guidance documents are available on EngageNY. NYSED also anticipates returning to the Board of Regents in February with proposed revisions to the current regulatory language that will align with the guidance documents. Stay tuned for further updates.


Thank you to everyone who attended our Title IX and transgender workshops, either directly at Erie 1 BOCES or via webinar. Please let us know if you have any follow-up questions, feedback, or suggestions for future workshops.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your current levels of service, pricing, or participation, please do not hesitate to contact your policy coordinator or Janell Hallgren at (716) 821-7084 or

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

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, 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? Contact:

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Janell Hallgren, Manager
(716) 821-7084

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Patricia "TC" Ferrito, Coordinator
(716) 821-7612

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Cynthia Gross, Esq., Coordinator
(716) 821-7553

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Amanda Dermott, Esq., Coordinator
(716) 821-7428

Photo of Ashley Watkins Ashley Watkins, Esq., Coordinator
(716) 821-7183
Photo of Victoria Forcucci Victoria Forcucci, Sr. Clerk Typist
(716) 821-7534

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