Duxbury SEPAC welcomes you into a network of supportive parents. SEPAC members provide information and support to help other parents with their child’s education.
• Parent to Parent Support and networking
• Educational meetings, Workshops and Speakers
• Business & Parent Support meetings for information and questions / suggestions for school administration.
To support, educate, and assist parents to fully understand and effectively participate in the Special Education process
To develop community support and services necessary for our children to become successful learners in the Duxbury Public Schools; and
To ensure understanding, respect, support and the appropriate education for all children in our community.
What is Duxbury SEPAC?
SEPAC, which stands for Special Education Parent Advisory Council, is a state-mandated, parent-run voluntary organization. Our duties under state law include "advising the District on matters that pertain to the education and safety of children with disabilities and meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of the school district's special education programs." As a group, we strive to provide regular forums for meaningful dialogue between families and the District. We hope to unite parents and maintain a supportive network for all. We encourage any interested individuals to join SEPAC and participate in any of our sponsored activities!
What is Special Education?
Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities (i.e., eligible student) or related services necessary to access the general curriculum and must include the programs and services set forth in Massachusetts and federal special education law. The services and supports one child receives may be very different from what another child receives. It’s all about individualization! Special education is designed to provide eligible students the instruction and related services that they require in order to make effective progress in the general education program.
Who Qualifies for Special Education?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the Federal law that defines and regulates special education. The law requires public schools to provide special education services to children ages 3 to 21 who meet certain criteria. (Children younger than 3 can receive help through IDEA's Early Intervention Services).
Students determined eligible for special education services must meet all three of the following criteria:
2. The Student is not making effective progress
Co-Chairs: Jen Maser & Alicyn Kehoe (DuxSepacChair@gmail.com)
Secretary: OPEN POSITION
Treasurer: Liz Kisloski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PTO/PTA Liaison: OPEN POSITION