We are a volunteer organization of parents and guardians of students on IEPs and other individuals interested in special education residing in Concord or Carlisle. We join together to provide representation, information, resources, and support to our community. We provide input and support to our school districts and school committees in their work on matters pertaining to special education. Any interested individuals, whether or not their children are receiving special education, are welcome and encouraged to join the SEPAC and participate in SEPAC meetings, events, and activities.
The mission of the Concord and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to ensure an appropriate education for children with disabilities and to foster and support a collaborative and inclusive culture in our schools and community that values diversity and recognizes the contributions and uniqueness of each learner. We promote and encourage an innovative educational environment which provides for equal access to student opportunities and education for students with disabilities and one where all students are encouraged to realize their full potential. We work in partnership with the school administration and the school committee to support students and further their goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We provide outreach, support, and education to inform and empower families and members of the community through events, workshops, and communication via newsletters, social media, and our website.
The establishment of a SEPAC is mandated by both federal and state special education law. Additional information below is taken from state regulation 603 CMR 28.07(4).*
*Each school district shall create a districtwide 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.