The Otsego Area Occupational Center and the Northern Catskills Occupational Center will be closed through the remainder of the school year
Completer Ceremony Information:

The ONC BOCES Board of Education will hold their Annual Reorganization Meeting and Regular Meeting on July 8, 2020 at 12:00PM. in conjunction with a Public Hearing to review and consider changes to the ONC BOCES Code of Conduct via video conference:


Safety and Risk Management

"For every month school is in session, K-12 students are required to receive 45 minutes of arson and fire prevention education."

Our Mission Statement

"To provide safe environments for school personnel and students through school and community partnerships, continued communication with school districts, state and regional agencies and by providing educational awareness programs in health, life and safety"

Safety and Risk Management
Joshua M. Reiss
Safety Risk Officer/Program Coordinator
Phone: 607-286-7715 Ext. 2606
Cell: 607-435-4534
Fax: 607-286-3339


To All ONC Districts,


Although our local risk of COVID-19 is still low, we are remaining cautious.  Attached you will find the latest and most comprehensive PreK-12 guidance from NYSDOH & NYSED regarding COVID-19. It can also be found, along with many other resources, on the NYSED Student Support Services page HERE.

Please be reminded that Mr. Savin has organized a planning meeting on Friday, March 13 to begin at 9:00 in the Craven Lounge of Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta.  Lunch will be provided.  Representatives from our local Department of Health will be there to discuss what to do for expected cases of COVID-19 in our schools and the logistics of possible school closures.  All Superintendents, Nurses and Facility Directors are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please continue to remind your students, staff and parents that the best methods to reduce their risk of COVID-19 and other influenza are to:

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 contact your health care provider or hospital BEFORE going.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at least daily.

This is a good CDC handwashing video which can be shared with them.

At this time we recommend field trips and travel abroad, especially to an area of known infection, be rescheduled or cancelled.  You can also call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 with questions and/or concerns about travel and symptoms.

This is a good time to update your pandemic or communicable disease written plan.  If your district does not have one, there is a template plan attached which can be modified to suit your needs. 

As always, please contact Safety & Risk Management if you have questions or need any assistance.


Please see the links below for further information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC

New York State Department of Health  NYSDOH


We have also provided the following documents: 

Preparedness Policy Template 

covid-19-p-12-school-guidance 3-9-2020 


“What is Safety/Risk?”

The Safety and Risk program assists participating districts in areas of life, health and safety issues as well as assisting in understanding, interpreting and complying with federal and state regulations that are applicable to the schools in all areas of safety and risk management. 
605 CoSer Service includes guidance with the following:

NYS Education Department

OSHA and NYS Department Of Labor

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Environmental Protection Agency

NYS Department Of Health

NYS Division of State Police

Bus Safety


We also offer services and training options upon request, as well as Student Safety Training Programs.

The Safety Risk Advisory Committee consists of a variety of school superintendents, school business officials, transportation and buildings and grounds supervisors from participating school districts. The committee meets four times a year.

Our Safety and Risk program is staffed with a full-time Safety Risk Officer who holds NYS Department of Health Asbestos Inspector/ Management Planner certification, New York State Building Codes certification as well as an American Red Cross Instructor for Basic First Aid, AED and CPR for adult, child and infant and is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. Our other full-time Safety and Risk Management team member holds NYS Department of Health Asbestos Inspector/ Management Planner certification, as well as an American Red Cross Instructor for Basic First Aid, AED and CPR for adult, child and infant and is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. Future training will allow her to hold the New York State Building Codes certification. The last member of our team is with us two days a week and holds a New York State Building Codes certification.

Our contact information below will assist you in reaching us!

Joshua M. Reiss - Safety and Risk Officer / Program Coordinator
[email protected]  
Cell: 607-435-4534
Office: 607-286-7715 Ext. 2606
Fax: 607-286-3339 
Carrie Conklin - Safety and Risk Management
[email protected]  
Cell: 607-349-2435 
Office: 607-286-7715 Ext. 2606
Fax: 607-286-3339
Jonathan Magyar - Safety and Risk Management
Office: 607-286-7715 Ext. 2606
Fax: 607-286-3339 
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