SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

2019-2020 Events and Meetings

 

Current Happenings

Please join us at our next meeting, Friday, January 3, at Fort River Elementary School.  We will discuss the results of the Special Education Survey of Amherst Pelham Regional staff and parents that was conducted by PCG (Public Consulting Group) last spring. The full report can be found here.. Also, we will hear from and provide feedback to Superintendent Morris about the progress of the Grade Span Advisory Group who is looking at the feasibility of moving sixth graders to the middle school.

At our last meeting, we heard about progress to make our school buildings more accessible to those with mobility impairments. The courtyard tiles at Crocker Farm were relaid last summer.  The district is working with Amherst’s Department of Public Works to provide accessible routes into school buildings and playgrounds.  A request for proposals for design services will go out this month that will help the district address more complicated projects like providing accessible routes and bathrooms within buildings. Also in the works is a plan to improve the playing fields in the district, which will include making them more accessible.

Our other major topic on our agenda was hearing about our district’s Special Education Budget and budget processes. We heard comparisons of our spending to similar districts in our region and about different sources of state funding and how they will change under the new Student Opportunity Act. SEPAC requested that the new Adaptive PE program at the high school be provided with a sustained budget going forward as it has proven to be successful and has been desired for some time. 

Please see our agendas and meeting reports linked above for additional details. There is a delay in approving meeting reports so check back if the current ones aren't there yet. 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