Notices & Policies


Mission Statement

Western Suffolk BOCES, a regional educational service agency, will provide quality, efficient, shared programs and services to school districts, their students, parents and communities. Our mission is to expand educational opportunities and alternatives enabling learners to achieve their potential.


Mission Statement for Adult Education

Western Suffolk BOCES provides career training and literacy programs to help adults meet their career goals by developing skills essential for gainful employment, job advancement and new career opportunities.


Non-Discrimination Notice

The Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Western Suffolk County, New York does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, creed, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, weight, disability or handicap in the educational programs or activities it operates and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This policy of non-discrimination includes the recruitment, hiring and advancement of employees; salaries, pay and other benefits; counseling services to students; student access to course offerings; lawful political activities; educational programs and other activities; and the business activities of the Board. Inquiries concerning the application of regulations prohibiting discrimination may be referred to the BOCES Compliance Officer, Paula Klingelhoefer, who may be contacted at 507 Deer Park Road; PO Box 8007; Huntington Station, NY 11746-9007 or 631-549-4900, ext. 204 or email pklingel@wsboces.org. Or, inquiries may be made by contacting the Office for Civil Rights at NY Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500 or call 646-428-3900, or fax 646-428-3843, or TDD 800-877-8339 or email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov or file form at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html


Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for students in grades K-12, including students in Special Education through age 21 and secondary students at Wilson Tech.

Code of Conduct for Adult Students


Freedom of Information (FOIL) Requests

Under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), individuals may request existing public records from the public agencies responsible for maintaining those records. Western Suffolk BOCES has a designated Records Access Officer who is responsible for accepting and responding to FOIL requests.

To make a request for existing public records, please complete the FOIL request form. You may click the “submit” button at the bottom of the form or you may print the form, complete and mail it to:
FOIL Request
Western Suffolk BOCES
P. O. Box 8007
Huntington Station NY 11746-9007

When you submit this form, FOIL allows Western Suffolk BOCES five business days to make the record(s) available, deny access to the record(s), or acknowledge receipt of your request and inform you of the timeframe required to respond to your request.

Choose how to receive records

According to FOIL, public agencies are required to provide copies of records in the format and on the medium desired by the person filing the request if the agency can reasonably do so. Western Suffolk BOCES provides records electronically, where possible, or as photocopies delivered by U.S. mail. Please indicate your preference on the request form.

If you would like to inspect the records in person, submit the completed FOIL request form. The BOCES Records Access Officer will notify you if such records are available and provide information about scheduling an appointment to inspect such records. Appointments are generally scheduled between 9 am and 2 pm Monday – Friday at the Central Administrative Office, 507 Deer Park Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746.

The agency will provide an estimate of all fees prior to a request being processed. All checks should be made out to Western Suffolk BOCES and mailed to:
Records Access Officer
Western Suffolk BOCES
P. O. Box 8007
Huntington Station NY 11746-9007

To email the Records Officer, please use this link: Records Access Officer. Visit the New York State Committee on Open Government website for answers to frequently asked questions about FOIL.


Parents Bill of Rights

Western Suffolk BOCES is committed to protecting the privacy and security of student, teacher, and principal data and has adopted a Parents Bill of Rights.

Pesticide/AHERA Notification

Section 409H of the NYS Education Law requires Western Suffolk BOCES to advise you of the following:
Pesticide products may be used periodically throughout the school year. BOCES is required to maintain a list of parents, guardians and staff who wish to receive written notice (48 hours in advance) that BOCES plans to apply pesticide within a 72-hour period preceding a school day. For further information or to place your name on the above-mentioned list, please send a letter including your name, address and the specific school for which you are requesting notification to: Nancy Fischetti, Public Relations Director , PO Box 8007, Huntington Station, NY 11746-9007.

The BOCES must also provide notification for each application which required prior notification and each emergency application at four specific times each year.

From June 20, 2016, through August 28, 2016, pesticides were applied outside the following facilities:

SchoolDateProductWas this an emergency?
Wilson Tech--Dix Hills07/07/16
07/14/16
Advion .50oz
Wasp Freeze 6oz
Yes
Yes

To obtain further information, contact James Meade, school pesticide representative, at 631-242-6128.

AHERA Notification

Asbestos Inspection

In accordance with 40 CFR §763.84.c, regard this statement as the district’s annual notification to all workers, students and or their legal guardians that Western Suffolk BOCES continues to maintain its Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) which documents all performed or planned asbestos related inspections, response actions, and post-response action activities, including periodic reinspection and surveillance activities within the school district. A copy of this AMP is available for review and or inspection in the BOCES Maintenance & Operations Office, 762 Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills, NY.


Board Policies

The Board of Western Suffolk BOCES has adopted policies for the orderly operation of the agency and the effective education of the students who attend BOCES programs. Board members review a proposed policy at a public meeting(s) and then vote to adopt the policy at a subsequent public meeting.

Any questions related to the policies of Western Suffolk BOCES should be addressed to Michael Flynn, Chief Operating Officer, 631-549-4900, ext. 222.