Mission Statement

Westwood SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is an independent advocacy group with the mission to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with disabilities in our community.

 

Requirements for PAC's in Massachusetts:

The Massachusetts Special Education Law, Chapter 71B of the Massachusetts General Laws, requires a school district to establish a PAC, and assigns both an advisory and a participatory function to the PAC.  Click here to read the document from DESE regarding Guidance for SEPAC's.

 

Membership is offered to all parents of students found eligible for special education, as well as other interested parties.

 

Click here to learn more about the MassPAC - Federation for Children with Special Needs

 

MA DESE Family Engagement Survey

Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in your child’s education. The web-based survey will be open until
June 30, 2018.  You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device,
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3792854/Family-Engagement-Survey-2017-2018
You can also complete a paper survey and mail it in.  Ask your child’s teacher if you need help accessing and completing the survey.  Your participation in this survey will help your school district to improve family engagement for all students.

 

Helpful Resources for Parents

 

Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Click here for English

Click here for Spanish

Click here for Chinese

Click here for Arabic

 

2017-2018 Westwood Program Guide

IEP Process Guide

Is Special Education the Right Service?

State Complaint Due Process Comparison Chart

Information about Transition (students ages 14-22)

Concord Public Schools SEPAC website

Eligibility Criteria Presentation

Student Services Update

 

A Parent's Guide to Special Education

English                           Spanish

 

A Parent's Guide to Selecting a Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts

English                         Spanish

Contact Information

Email us at westwoodsepac@gmail.com

 

SEPAC Board:

Megan Brenk - Co-Chair

Meggan Flaherty - Co-Chair

Angela Pomarole - Secretary

 

 

Next SEPAC Meetings:

 

Join us for our Parent Support Meeting

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Click here for details

6:30-9:00 p.m. at Comella's in Westwood

 

 

SEPAC Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2018

December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017 Presentation

October 10, 2017

May 17, 2017

March 27, 2017

May 10, 2018 Benefits Presentation

 

 

 

 

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