At this time our district no longer has an active Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Despite great efforts by our previous board and the collaborative efforts of the administration and the parents/guardians, the lack of sufficient participation at the executive board level has resulted in an inability to form an active SEPAC as defined according to state by-laws. The previous SEPAC had developed a wonderful structure of supports for families and a website of resources for our parent/guardian community. In addition, they partnered with the administration to provide input into programming for our students as well as to provide trainings and support to our parent/guardian community. While we will continue to pursue and support efforts to form a SEPAC, in the absence of the SEPAC, Student Services will be providing a Basic Rights and Laws workshop for parents as well as other applicable presentations or activities. I will notify you with the date/time of the Basic Rights and Laws workshop at a later time.
The following is an excerpt from Section 3 of Chapter 71B of MGL that pertains to SEPACs:
“The school committee of any city, town, or school district shall establish a parent advisory council on special education. Membership shall be offered to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties. The parent advisory council duties shall include but not be limited to: advising the school committee 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 committee's special education programs. The parent advisory council shall establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures. In the course of its duties under this section, the parent advisory council shall receive assistance from the school committee without charge, upon reasonable notice, and subject to the availability of staff and resources."
If you are interested in forming an executive board to ensure the district has an active SEPAC, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com. I continue to be committed to working with you on behalf of your children.
All my best,
Administrator for Student Services
Lincoln Public Schools