Regional High School
Special Education Parent Advisory Council
The Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School SEPAC (LSSEPAC) 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.”
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, SprinG 2017
Appointed 3 board members
Created a Facebook page of resources
Attended the Federation for Children with Special Needs 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 SpeD Administration
Set up monthly general board meetings
Offered monthly events/workshops
What is in process
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're 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
Connect with Us
Who may want to connect with the LSSEPAC?
- Parents who suspect their child may have some learning or behavioral challenges. Is he/she struggling in school? Does your child have attention issues? Is he/she socially awkward or isolated?
- Parents with children on IEPs and 504s or parents just learning about the student services process who have questions or may need support from other parents
- Parents and educators interested in receiving email notification on workshops, events, or legislative activity.
We welcome your questions! Please email us now!