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Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

Meeting Minutes

2022-23

About SEPAC

In accordance with state regulations, the Office of Student Services is responsible for the recruitment, formation, and maintenance of a district-wide Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Our belief is that the SEPAC has tremendous potential to have a positive impact on special education programs in the Hoosac Valley Regional School District. The SEPAC can provide invaluable activities for parents, and add an important voice to a school district's dialogue and decision-making.

State regulations state the following of the SEPAC:

  • The SEPAC must offer membership to all parents of students found eligible for special education in the district, as well as other interested parties.
  • The SEPAC is authorized to provide advice to the district regarding its special education programs and policies. The advice may include recommendations – verbally and/or in writing – to those parties in the district responsible for overseeing special education, including the Director of Special Services, Superintendent, and School Committee.
  • The SEPAC is additionally authorized to meet at regular intervals with designated school officials and to engage in other activities which enable the SEPAC to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the district's special education programs.

State regulations state the following of the HVRSD:

  • HVRSD is charged with assisting the SEPAC in maintaining its operation and activities. School district assistance must be provided without charge, but is subject to the availability of staff and resources. The law envisions that there will be a good faith effort by the school district to provide assistance to the SEPAC.
  • In cooperation with the PAC, a district is required to hold at least one workshop annually within the district on the rights of parents/guardians and students in special education. Every district has received training information that must be included. However, some districts engage speakers or have created their own training incorporating the required information on the rights of parents/guardians in the special education process. Districts may include other topics for training, but must provide at least this training each year.

Download the SEPAC by-laws here.

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