Welcome Letter from SEPAC

Note:

A SEPAC is a Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Every public school district in Massachusetts is required to establish a SEPAC. Massachusetts state law assigns both an advisory and participatory function to SEPACs.

SEPAC is open to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties.

Dear SEPAC Families, 

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!  Through this unusual time, SEPAC is continuing its vital work of advising our district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities.  We need your participation now more than ever so we can better understand how the massive upheavals in our schools are affecting the wide range of our diverse families.  

Here are some ways you can make SEPAC stronger:

Ask a friend to join our mailing list:  

Have them send a note to sepac@arps.org with “subscribe” in the subject line. 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, as well as others who would like to deepen their understanding or have an interest in special education are welcome.

Attend a board meeting: 

Meetings will be held (most likely–everything is in flux this year!) the first Friday of the month.  Dates, times and Google Meet instructions for joining can be found here on our website: arps.org/sepac. 

Our first board meeting of the school year will be:

Friday, September 4, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30am 

Join with Google Meet using the link: https://meet.google.com/dhy-wywm-rwd 

or by phone:  617-675-4444‬  PIN: ‪909 286 087 0262‬#

Send us a note:

Our mailbox (sepac@arps.org) is always open. We take confidentiality of the information you provide very seriously, so we hope folks will feel comfortable sharing stories that will help us advocate for improving systems that will enrich our students’ experiences and make our district stronger. If you would like us to share your story at a board meeting during the public comment period, please write, “public comment” in the subject line.  We can read your note with or without your name, just indicate if you would like to remain anonymous. 

Over the summer, in addition to planning for the upcoming school year, your SEPAC board has remained in touch with Dr. Faye Brady, director of Student Services, and our school committee liaison, Peter Demling.  We have advocated to the school committee that, as per DESE guidance, our district open our schools for in-person instruction to the extent that is feasible given the need to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are also advising the district on practices that will make remote learning more accessible. Thank you again for your response to our call for public comment to the School Committee that illustrated the diverse needs of the students in our district as they consider how to redesign our schools to be resilient to the pandemic.

Sincerely, 

Heather Sheldon, SEPAC Co-President
Email: sepac@arps.org

Website: www.arps.org/sepac

Facebook: Arps Sepac

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