SEPAC Contacts and Meeting Schedule
SEPAC PANDEMIC RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is a group of parents helping other parents with information, resources, and moral support. If you have one question or several, we can help! Please email us or come to a meeting.
- Morgan Brinker, SEPAC Chair, email@example.com
- Kristin Campione, District Contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c.30A, Section 18, https://www.mass.gov/doc/open-meeting-law-order-march-12-2020/download, and An Act An Act Relative To Extending Certain Covid-19 Measures Adopted During The State Of Emergency, Session Law – Acts of 2021 Chapter 20 (malegislature.gov), signed on June 16, 2021, the meetings below will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible.
Please CLICK HERE for the links to the meetings for the 2021-2022 school year.
Information from the Bureau of Special Education Appeals: Often families and school districts are able to work collaboratively and develop IEPs and 504s to meet the needs of their students; however when they reach an impasse, it can be frustrating, upsetting, and sometimes leave the parties wondering how to move forward. The BSEA Mediators/Facilitators aim to be both accessible and approachable and we are now offering monthly Informational Zoom sessions. The sessions are free and open to ANYONE who wants to learn more about our services; this includes parents, students, school districts, family support folks, attorneys, advocates, anyone wanting to know more about BSEA Mediation and Facilitation.
Please follow this link to get more information on our sessions along with their Zoom Links: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/mediation-and-facilitation-informational-sessions
- Work toward improved understanding and respect for all children with special needs in our community.
- Provide a network of parents to share resources and to support one another through common interest and concern for our children.
- Encourage a partnership between the families of special needs children and the Quabbin Regional School District and, in doing so, improve the opportunities and education of special needs children.
- Promote and support an educational environment where each child is encouraged and provided with opportunities to attain their fullest potential.
- Become a SEPAC member; there are no membership fees
- Attend a presentation: Each year the Quabbin Region SEPAC offers free presentations, in addition to a Basic Rights seminar
- Come to a meeting: Attend our meetings, where experienced parents are available to answer your questions and to lend a supportive hand.
IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:
IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
United States, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Parent’s Rights Brochure)
A Parent’s Guide to Special Education
Problem Resolution System
Disability Definitions and Related Links