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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.


For additional questions or to request information about our services, please contact Janell Hallgren, Manager of Policy Services, at 716-821-7084 or

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

Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers

Chapter 207 amended the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) regarding drug and alcohol testing for school bus drivers. The amendments to VTL Section 509-g(6) require all school districts, municipalities or transportation contractors hired by a school district or municipality to transport children to and from school to conduct pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the provisions in federal law. It is important to note that pre-employment alcohol testing is not currently required under federal law. Amendments to Section 509-g(6) of the VTL require that every school bus driver be included in the pool for random drug testing. This amendment expands the pool of drivers required to be tested; as currently under federal law a bus driver is only subject to drug or alcohol testing if he or she drives a vehicle that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver). Additionally, under amendments to VTL Section 509-l, no district or motor carrier (contractor of a district) may require or permit a driver to operate a bus if the person’s general appearance, conduct or other substantiating evidence the person appears to have consumed alcohol or drugs within 8 hours before reporting to work. After carefully reviewing the changes in NY law, we revised required sample policy 5741, Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers and Other Safety Sensitive Employees, now titled Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers.

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Tips and Tools for Districts

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

Why Your District Should Not Adopt the First Draft of Its Policy Manual

Developing a new policy manual generally involves a three-draft process, with the third draft being the one actually adopted by a district’s Board. A district’s review of a first draft manual is a lengthy process that should not include Board action. When districts adopt directly from a first draft, we often see the following issues arise

  1. Policies are adopted with district changes that do not comply with applicable laws, regulation, and/or administrative guidance;
  2. Policies are adopted without a choice having been made between multiple options listed;
  3. Policies are adopted with blanks where specific information must be listed by the district;
  4. Policies are adopted without deletion of customization notes intended for review purposes only;
  5. Policies are out of date because they have not been revised for developments occurring after the district received the first draft; and
  6. Policies are adopted over a variety of dates leading to difficulty tracking adoption dates and the status of particular policies which, in turn, makes it harder to keep the manual up to date.

To avoid these and other issues, we recommend that districts focus their first (and second) draft review on having the district policy committee customize the sample policies to reflect district practice, choose among presented options, and fill in any blanks. Once a district returns its draft edits to their assigned policy coordinator, the coordinator will both review the edits for compliance (and suggest changes where needed) and update policies that have been affected by legal and administrative developments since the district received the previous draft.

The third draft is generally the final draft that the policy committee presents to the Board for adoption. Ideally, the Board adopts the manual in full, resulting in a uniform adoption date for all policies.

Please remember that the draft process, and your assigned policy coordinator, are in place to ensure your district’s policy manual is as current as possible when it is finalized and adopted by the Board.

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

Katie Peterson

Katherine Peterson, Esq., Coordinator
(716) 821-7428

Photo of Ashley Watkins Ashley Watkins, Esq., Coordinator
(716) 821-7183
Renee Siepierski Renee Siepierski, Coordinator
(716) 821-7363

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