Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Expectations
What is a Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)?
A Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is a state-mandated, district-level, parent-driven group charged with providing input to the local school district on system-level challenges in special education and related services. The regulation allows parents and school district leaders to create and run an advisory group that meets local needs. SEPAC requirements open the door to collaboration that can make a difference. A SEPAC should be structured to benefit all students with disabilities, not just a single group of students, or a single issue. Each district board of education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.2(h))
Who Should Attend SEPAC Meetings?
Anyone with a child in the school district (both in and out of district placement) with different learning needs; be they physical, emotional or behavioral.
Anyone with a child eligible for or currently receiving services under an IEP or 504 plan.
Anyone with an interest in advocating for children with special needs and helping us achieve our goals.
Teaneck Public Schools’ SEPAC, is charged under the NJ special education code, to advise the Board of Education on special education programs and services within the district. We are also charged to:
- Promote communication between Teaneck Public Schools SEPAC with local, State and National organizations, committees and groups that support children with special needs.
- Provide direct input to the BOE, district and school administrations on the policies and programs that impact services and supports for children with special needs and their families.
- Include and increase the involvement of families of children with special needs in making recommendations on special education policies.
- Promote the inclusion of children with special needs, when appropriate, and advocate for the necessary support within their schools and the community of Teaneck.
- Strive to achieve mutual respect, understanding, support, safety and appropriate education for children with special needs while addressing possible overlapping concerns of special education and general education families.
- Facilitate a network of support between parents/guardians of children with special needs and professionals to address emotional, social and educational concerns through liaisons and workshops.