What is the DCRSD Special Education Parents Advisory Council?
A SEPAC is a Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Every public school district in Massachusetts is required to establish a SEPAC
Special education parent advisory councils (PACs) have tremendous potential to have a positive impact on special education programs in a school district. PACs can provide invaluable activities for parents, and add an important voice to a school district's dialogue and decision-making. (from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education March 2010)
An effective SEPAC takes the teamwork of the IEP process one step further, putting parents in the role of advisors who use their family’s experiences, unique perspectives and expertise to influence decisions and help shape programs and policies at the local level. An effective SEPAC is more than a meeting - it is an approach and a mindset that truly values the advice of parents. When parent advisors are valued and engaged through a local SEPAC, they can work together with school district staff and community leaders to improve education, not only for those with disabilities, but for all children. (from SPAN Parent Advocacy Network)
March meeting will be in person on Wednesday March 16th @7pm at Dudley Middle School: informational session: What is a SEPAC?, 6:30pm for officers.
First Wednesday of every month at 7pm
Our meetings are generally the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm. We are currently meeting virtually unless otherwise noted.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 916 5597 1480
Chair Jeanne Costello
Contact the DC-SEPAC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday April 6th, Charlton
Workshops: Bullying; Basic Rights transition at 3yrs of age; Basic Rights transition of 18-22;
Report of satisfaction survey of special education and related services.