Lincoln-Sudbury

Special Education Parent Advisory Council

 

Mission Statement

 

The Lincoln-Sudbury SEPAC is a positive and solution-oriented parent advisory council. We are a state-mandated PAC serving Boston, Lincoln, and Sudbury families in the district with disabilities ages 14-22 year old, or upon graduation, whichever comes first.

Our mission is to work collaboratively with parents/guardians and school officials to ensure that students' needs under Massachusetts Special Education laws and regulations are being met.

We also act as a resource for parents/guardians and the community to establish a better understanding of, respect for, and support of students with disabilities in the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School district.

Massachusetts Regulation 603 CMR 28.07(4): “Parent advisory participation. Each school district shall create a districtwide parent advisory council offering membership to all parents of eligible students and other interested parties. The parent advisory council duties shall include but not be limited to: 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. The parent advisory council shall establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures, and, in the course of its duties, the parent advisory council shall receive assistance from the district without charge, upon reasonable notice, and subject to the availability of staff and resources.” 

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Our Goal:

  • Advise the district, including the Director of Student Services and LSRHS School Committee, on operations and development of special education programs

  • Research and provide parent/guardian training needs. To date this has included workshops by the MA Department of Developmental Services and the Federation for Children with Special Needs.  

  • Facilitate communication between parents/guardians and LSRHS school officials   

  • Offer opportunities for parents/guardians, students, and the greater community to increase awareness of issues and best practices pertaining to students with disabilities, an

  • Provide occasions for parents of students with disabilities to network with each other and have fun  

 

What we've done

  • Formed the Lincoln-Sudbury SEPAC in the Spring of 2017

  • Appointed 3 board members

  • Created a Facebook page of resources for SEPAC members

  • Attended the Federation for Children with Special Needs 3-day A.P.P.L.E. Institute Program

  • Developed Action Plan, detailing goals and step

  • Attended LSRHS Open House to promote the SEPAC

  • Prepared parent survey about parent needs

  • Established a parent resource center

  • Attended monthly meetings with Special Education Administration

  • Set up monthly general board meetings

  • Offered monthly events/workshops for parents

What is in proces

  • Set up information-sharing meeting with Lincoln-Sudbury, Lincoln, and Sudbury Special Education Administrators, including Boston students

  • Create SEPAC brochure

  • Develop SEPAC website, involving volunteer LS student participation for community service hours

  • Plan 2017-2018 calendar of event

  • Facilitate parent meetings regarding post-secondary college and employment options for students with disabilities

What we are planning

  • Recruit 10 active member

  • Recruit 3 PAC leadership members

  • Develop SEPAC PR and awareness program

  • Create committees/sub-committees to help meet our goals

 

Get Involved

Who has the time, energy, and effort required to get involved? Let's just say that not only do PACs offer information, support, activities, and resources to new parents members who join, but also, the more parents who become members, the more potential the PAC has to have greater impact in the district. Email us at LSsepac.chair@gmail.com.

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