SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

2020-2021 Events and Meetings

2019-2020 Events and Meetings


Current Happenings

Our next BOARD MEETING will be:
Thursday, December 3, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00pm 
Join with Google Meet using the link: 
or by phone:  617-675-4444‬  PIN: ‪909 286 087 0262‬#


Please consider sending us a note at to be read as public comment at Thursday’s meeting if you can’t join us.  We’re especially interested to hear if there are positive things that have happened during remote learning that you would like to see continue past the pandemic.

Our event this month will be a guest talk from a representative from the state’s mediation office.  We will post a flyer here (scroll down to the second page) when the details are finalized.

Last month’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)

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:


Facebook: Arps Sepac