SEPAC

Upcoming Events:      
   
SEPAC Meeting -  
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 7:00 P.M.  
Wayland Town Building, School Committee Room



A Message from the Director of Student Services:

Wayland Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council has an important voice to add to the school district’s dialogue and decision-making in regards to special education. Parents have a unique perspective that is based on their own experiences. Working collaboratively with the Office of Student Services, the SEPAC has a positive impact on matters that pertain to special education within the Wayland Public Schools. In partnering with the school district, the SEPAC can help create a more responsive school environment and positive outcomes for families. Meaningful dialogue and progress is borne out of good communication between the officers of the SEPAC, parents and school administrators.

Richard Whitehead, M.Ed.
Director of Student Services


Wayland SEPAC News:

We are happy to announce that, as of our January 9th meeting, Wayland’s SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)  is again active. Board positions were filled and bylaws approved unanimously. The Wayland SEPAC works to promote an innovative educational environment in which students with special education needs have equal access to educational opportunities in all of our schools and educational settings. All of our children are encouraged to reach their potential and we hope that you will join us in this effort. Our bimonthly meetings are open both to parents and guardians whose children are receiving services by way of an IEP or 504, as well as to anyone interested in special education in Wayland. Please keep an eye out for social events and other programming, too! SEPAC’s Board hopes you will join us to share information and support Wayland families with special education needs in our district. Interested in how to become involved? Please join us on Thursday, February 13th at 7pm at Town Building for our next meeting or join us on Wayland SEPAC Parents Facebook page.  Questions can be forwarded to co-chairs Anne-Louise Klaus and Colleen Morneweck at waylandsepac@gmail.com.  
 

To contact the Wayland SEPAC please email waylandsepac@gmail.com


SEPAC COMMITTEE BOARD MEMBERS:
Co-Chairs:  Anne-Louise Klaus and Colleen Morneweck

Co-Secretaries:  Margo Grossman and Kerri-Ann Kendall

Treasurer:  Gayle Gledhill

Members at Large:  Janeka Melanson (Events/Planning)
                                 Julie Kannel (Community Resources)
                                 Erin Newton (Liaisons)

SEPAC Liaisons:   Katy Cavallo (WHS)
                               Keri Schouten (WMS)
                               Rocio Arostegui (Happy Hollow)
                               Camille Payne and Maggie Hill (Claypit Hill)
                               Camille Payne (Loker)
                               Becky Chisholm (The Children's Way)
                               Sabrina Picariello (Out of District)

Committee Members: 
Events/Planning:  Rocio Arostegui & Marni Canterbury
Community Resources:  Lisa Bagley & Marni Canterbury
                                                          
                                                                                                       

                        
 

 Resources:  
SPED Child & Teen:  http://www.spedchildmass.com/

Laws & Regulations: Spec.Education Process Workshop:  Parent Workshop
Spec. Education Eligibility Flow-Chart: Spec. Education Eligibility Flow-Chart.pdf

“To encourage children to embrace differences, kids must first encounter differences.”

Check out the new Facebook community, Together We Play, an inclusive friendship & play group. This group is for families (or caregivers) raising children with special needs AND families with typically developing children, primarily in the Boston suburbs. Have some fun, and help us make the world a more accepting place! There are benefits for everyone!

Learn more here:  www.momsofamazingkids.org/togetherweplay
Join Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/togetherweplay


The Wayland Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is the parent advisory council for children with special needs.  The Council advocates for children with special needs and performs in an advisory and collaborative role to the Wayland School Committee relative to special education issues.  SEPAC sponsors general open meetings to educate and inform parents about topics that affect them and their children.  If you would like more information about SEPAC or to join and have your name on our mailing list please contact: 

 SEPAC OBJECTIVES: 
   -
  To promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and 
      provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative 
      interest and concern regarding our children.
   -  To advise under Chapter 71B of the Massachusetts General Laws: 603 
      CMR, Section 28.00; the Superintendent and School Committee on
      matters that pertain to the educationand safety of students with
      disabilities as well as the operations and development of special 
      education.
    - To promote communication between SEPAC members, local, state and 
      national organizations, councils, andgroups. 

 SEPAC MEMBERSHIP:
   Membership is open to all parents of children with special needs and
   other interested parties.

 
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