SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

2020-2021 Events and Meetings

2019-2020 Events and Meetings


Current Happenings

Our next BOARD MEETING will be:
Friday, February 5, 2021, 9:00am-10:30am
Join with Google Meet using the link: or or by phone: 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪909 286 087 0262#
At this meeting we will discuss if SEPAC would like to take a position on discussions surrounding a later start for the high school and earlier start for the elementary students; updates on reissuing the COVID Impacts Survey of IEP families; and we will also hear a report from our Director of Facilities about progress on addressing ADA deficiencies in our buildings. Please click here to see the full agenda.
Please consider sending us a note at to be read as public comment at Friday’s meeting if you can’t join us.
Our event this month, on January 19th at 7pm, will be a guest talk from a representative from the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). Flyer in English. Flyer en español.
November’s event was a well attended workshop by ARPS’s Transition Specialist, Crystal Cartwright. If you were unable to attend, you can view a recording of the talk here and view the slides here.
At our November meeting, Sarah Weirich presented the full results of SEPAC’s September COVID Impacts Survey of IEP families. You can find the results of the survey here, and a recording of the presentation here.

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)

Our 2020-2021 Board Members:

Catherine Lodge, Co-President
Heather Sheldon, Co-President
Vacant, Vice-President
Sarah Weirich, Secretary
Vacant, Treasurer

Link to By-Laws

Mediation at the BSEA

Mediación en la BSEA

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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