SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Council

2019-2020 Events and Meetings


Current Happenings

The meeting scheduled for, Friday, February 7, 9-10:30 am, has been rescheduled to Friday, February 14th 9-10:30 am, at the Amherst Regional Middle School in the ETL Conference Room. We will discuss privacy regulations and district practices and how these affect SEPAC’s outreach efforts, how they affect community building among families, and how they affect parents’ efforts to support their students’ social connections. We will also discuss bullying.

At our last meeting, we discussed the potential of 6th graders moving to the middle school. We also discussed the results of the 2019 Special Education Survey by the Public Consulting Group.  The full report can be found here and a summary will be attached to the January meeting minutes when they are posted. 

Also note that a Parenting Strategies and Support Workshop on the topic of School Avoidance will be held February 4 and March 3. Come to either or both sessions. DETAILS HERE and HERE.

Please see our agendas and meeting reports linked above for additional details. There is a delay in approving meeting reports so check back if the current ones aren't there yet. Please email us at to suggest topics for future meeting agenda items.

ARPS Special Education Survey

What is SEPAC? 

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council is a volunteer organization of families of children with disabilities in Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools as well as students out of district. We are federally mandated to exist under Massachusetts Special Education Law and are charged with: “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. ”603 CMR 28:07(4)

Link to By-Laws

Who are members of SEPAC?

Parents and/or guardians of children who receive any type of special education services or accommodations in school, such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a 504 accommodation or an out-of-district placement.

Families who think their child may have some learning issues or differences and/or would like to understand or have an interest in special education.

Educators and any other member of the community who want to learn more!

Ways to contact us:


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