SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

2019-2020 Events and Meetings


Current Happenings

Dear SEPAC Families,

During this unexpected school closure we are wishing all our district families much love, but especially our families whose children find unexpected changes in routine particularly difficult.  Wishing you love, and patience, and strength.

Through this closure, SEPAC will endeavour to continue to fill our role in advising the district about matters concerning our special education students.  However, we will not be able to have regular board meetings while the schools are closed. Our next meeting scheduled for April 3 is cancelled. Please email us at with any questions or concerns that you think SEPAC should be aware of. We will remain in contact with the Student Services office.

Our two spring events, Autism Awareness Night and Stars to Special Education are also cancelled.  Please take time to directly thank all those who have positively impacted the life of your special education student. 

Please see attached a letter that was sent to district special education parents on March 15. 


Heather Sheldon and Catherine Lodge, SEPAC co-presidents

ARPS Special Education Survey

What is SEPAC? 

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council is a volunteer organization of families of children with disabilities in Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools as well as students out of district. We are federally mandated to exist under Massachusetts Special Education Law and are charged with: “advising the district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities, meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district’s special education programs. ”603 CMR 28:07(4)

Link to By-Laws

Who are members of SEPAC?

Parents and/or guardians of children who receive any type of special education services or accommodations in school, such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a 504 accommodation or an out-of-district placement.

Families who think their child may have some learning issues or differences and/or would like to understand or have an interest in special education.

Educators and any other member of the community who want to learn more!

Ways to contact us:


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