Who We Are - R- SEPAC

Who We Are

 

The Rockport Special Education Parents Advisory Committee (R-SEPAC) is a positive and solution oriented committee started by parents and caregivers for parents and caregivers of children with special needs .

As a state mandated, system wide volunteer organization, we, as parents, serve as a resource and advisor to other parents of children with special needs from preschool through high school in the Rockport Public Schools.   As parents, we work with the administration to identify areas of needs and act in an advisory role to the School Committee.   

The R-SEPAC offers a broad range of information, contacts, networking opportunities and members share information (books, tutors, evaluators. etc.) others have found useful in guiding their children's education.  We will help you connect with other parents and professionals dealing with similar issues.

Our membership is open to parents (or guardians) of children with special needs and anyone interested in special needs education in Rockport. We are parents with children who have learning differences. We offer educational presentations on a variety of topics. We are a resource for support, networking and information organization.

Our meeting announcements and educational presentations are available in the monthly and weekly school notices, the Gloucester Daily Times and the Rockport Parent Advisory website -  (http://teacherweb.com/MA/RockportPublicSchools/SPEDPAC/apt8.stm).
 



The Massachusetts Education Laws and Regulations

603 CMR 28.00: Special Education (scroll down to number 4 (on the DOE website) to view the PAC definition):
          
603 CMR 28.07 (4) Parent Involvement:

(4) Parent advisory participation. Each school district shall create a district wide parent advisory council offering membership to all parents of eligible students and other interested parties. The parent advisory council duties shall include but not be limited to: 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. The parent advisory council shall establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures, and, in the course of its duties, the parent advisory council shall receive assistance from the district without charge, upon reasonable notice, and subject to the availability of staff and resources. The district shall conduct, in cooperation with the parent advisory council, at least one workshop annually within the school district on the rights of students and their parents and guardians under state and federal special education laws.  (See MGL c71B, 1C and 3)




Our PAC Mission


The Rockport Special Education Parents Advisory Committee (Rockport R-SEPAC) provides education to parents and the broader community on Special Education issues and services.  It works towards the understanding of respect, support, and appropriate education for all children with special needs in our community and to insure those students' needs under Chapter 766 and other applicable laws are being met.

Goals:

1. To become a resource for parents:

·       Providing information about disabilities and the special education process.

 

·       Promoting a network for parents and to provide a forum for sharing information.

 

2. To establish a partnership between Rockport school organizations and our group.

 

·       Becoming a resource to the School Committee for planning, development and evaluation of special education programs.

·       Facilitating a productive partnership between parents with children in special programs and the school.

·       Electing a member to serve as the liaison to the School Committee and attend monthly meetings.

·       Providing feedback and input to the Rockport Special Education Department.

 

3. To become a resource for the community:

 

·       Promoting a community wide understanding of the issues impacting special education.

·       Encouraging community commitment to support diversity within the education system.

·       Informing members and community about state law and any other pertinent state mandates.