Stakeholder meetings on 20-21 school year scheduled
In conjunction with our submitted plan for reopening for the 2020-21 school year, Southern Westchester BOCES will host public meetings to discuss the plan with stakeholders, including families and community members. The meetings are scheduled as follows:
• Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. • Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. • Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m.
The Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting via videoconference on July 29. A recording of the meeting may be viewed at our Board meetings page, along with past meetings and meeting transcripts since the remote instruction period began .
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SWBOCES Communications Office Earns Seven National P.R. Awards
Staff members of Southern Westchester BOCES' Public Information Office won a record seven communications awards from the National School Public Relations Association's 2020 Publications and Digital Media Awards.
“Our team of school communications professionals is driven by a true dedication to students and to the SWBOCES mission, which is to support our component districts,” said Brian Howard, Director of Communications.
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Receive SWBOCES alerts on your mobile device
Receive real-time SWBOCES alerts and updates on your mobile device by downloading the eChalk Notify app on the App Store or Google Play.
All alerts that appear on our website are pushed directly to the app so you don't need to check the website to receive updates. Connect using code 9ZNOV7 to get instant alerts fromswboces.org. The code for all other SWBOCES websites can be found on the respective home pages. Any eChalk user can also log in to receive alerts from all classes and groups.
The SWBOCES Transportation Department consists of Automotive Service Excellence-certified mechanics providing all vehicle maintenance to meet district needs. Services include preventative maintenance, necessary repairs and inspection services. The New York State Department of Transportation inspects each vehicle twice a year, and the passing rate for our vehicles is exemplary, with all earning scores of 95 to 100 percent. In addition, the Transportation Department provides private bus company consortium management for participating districts and mandated professional development and training for drivers and monitors of district based operations.
Consortium Transportation Management
SWBOCES manages contract transportation consortium programs for participating local school districts from a satellite transportation office. The consortium program currently includes the BEPT Consortium for students in the Bronxville, Eastchester, Pelham, Tuckahoe and New Rochelle school districts and the MVP Consortium for students in the Mount Pleasant, Valhalla and Pleasantville school districts. Since the inception of consortium management, SWBOCES has reduced transportation costs for districts by sharing busing among districts while maintaining safe, efficient and reliable service by private bus companies. The consortium office relies on routing software to guide operations and provide up-to-date reports to schools, parents and bus companies. Years of experience with Westchester County schools and ongoing professional development enable efficient and effective performance from the consortium transportation office.
Cooperative Vehicle Maintenance Services
Cooperative school bus and vehicle maintenance services are available to any district requiring assistance with fleet maintenance (bus or any other vehicles). Fleet maintenance and inspection services are provided by an experienced team of qualified, efficient technicians at the SWBOCES garage at the Rye Lake Campus in North White Plains. BOCES’s DOT inspection rates for other districts’ fleets range between 95 and 100 percent. SWBOCES mechanics have been commended frequently by NYS DOT and the New York Association for Pupil Transportation for conducting one of the top school bus maintenance programs in the state. Loaner vans are available for school districts to cover a temporary shortage of vehicles.