SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

2019-2020 Events and Meetings

 

Current Happenings

Board meetings are held the first Friday of each month at 9am and all are welcome. See link above for additional information. The December 6, 2019 meeting has been postponed to December 11, 2019. 

At our November board meeting, along with our regular agenda items that included updates from Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services/Special Education, we discussed the regulations, policies, reporting, and training surrounding when and how restraints are used to keep children and staff safe.

We invited School Committee Candidates (election was held November 5, 2019) to come to our October board meeting. We were honored to have participation from all seven candidates.  Please find their responses to questions important to SEPAC here. School Committee Q & A

Our Basic Rights Workshop was held in October. All SEPACs in the Commonwealth are required to hold this workshop annually.  In addition to parents who attended, several UMASS Students came who are currently taking a 600 level course in the College of Education titled, “Inclusive Classroom”. We were excited to share this great information not only with families who we directly serve, but with future teachers as well. Please email us at sepac@arps.org to suggest topics for future meeting agenda items.

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:

Email: sepac@arps.org

Facebook: Arps Sepac