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The School Support Services team assists schools in maximizing instructional time, increasing academic achievement and reducing high school drop-out rates by establishing school-wide positive behavioral systems. These systems, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), contribute to a school climate that is conducive to both teaching and learning, which ultimately provide a firm foundation for the academic success of all students.

Our team offers professional development on evidence-based, data-driven and outcome-focused strategies. The behavioral response to intervention and classroom management programs address barriers to learning including bullying, harassment and other negative student behaviors, cultural competency, tardiness and poor attendance, as well as the specific language and special needs of students.

The mission of our division is to provide a firm foundation for the academic success of all students. We are able to actualize this mission by providing targeted supports for your specific needs. All districts are assigned a representative, or a team of representatives, following a customized needs assessment. Focused on data-driven outcomes, we build an individualized plan for your district from the start to ensure we can chart your progress.

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Bringing Healthier Options to Schools and Beyond

This school year, students, staff and community members in and around five local districts will see changes to promote a healthier school and community through collaboration with Erie 1 BOCES, the Healthy Community Alliance (HCA) and Make Communities Consulting Firm.  Students, staff and families in Salamanca, Gowanda, Randolph, Yorkshire-Pioneer and Franklinville will have increased access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity as part of a $250,000 grant awarded by the New York State Health Department.  All schools were chosen because of a high need as well as a high level of readiness for such a program which would allow the greatest impact.

Erie 1 BOCES will coordinate the school portion of the grant, which was initiated on October 1. The schools will receive technical assistance, coaching and resources to increase healthy options in the cafeteria and wherever food is sold or served - including concessions at sports events and classroom celebrations. Additionally, the schools will also work to increase the amount of physical activity that students take part in to better meet the recommendation of 60 minutes of rigorous to moderate exercise per day. Kate Huber, Erie 1 BOCES School Support Services coordinator will meet with schools to identify times that physical activity could be incorporated into the day. The school component of the program will also aim to get the whole family involved through open gym nights and sending healthy recipes home. 

HCA and Make Communities will oversee the community portion of the grant, which will include three different interventions. The first intervention is a walkability assessment to determine the safest routes for walking, especially in school areas. This will be coordinated by Make Communities in order to tie together the school and community components. Secondly, HCA will work with larger organizations and work sites ensuring that they have healthy food options for employees and visitors. Finally, HCA will work with retailers close to the schools to try to improve access to healthy foods within that retailer, especially starting to stock fresh fruits and vegetables. A healthy food retailer certificate program will be developed and retailers will be given support to implement new marketing strategies to promote healthy options.

The benefits of healthy eating and physical activity go beyond just physical health.  Mood, concentration, academic achievement, and energy all improve when people start to eat better and move more.  The overall goal of the grant is to help schools and communities create “Cultures of Wellness,” where the healthy choice is the easy choice. 

“Poor nutrition and physical inactivity are major risk factors for chronic diseases like obesity that are plaguing New York State,” said New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.  “This funding will directly address these issues using proven strategies in communities of need. Our multi-faceted approach helps ensure that these communities have the resources they need to make it easier for people to lead healthier lives.” Nearly $6.7 million was distributed statewide through the grant program.

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