Belchertown Special Education Parent Advisory Council

The Belchertown SEPAC is responsible for advising the Department of Student Support Services, Superintendent, and School Committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities. The SEPAC is meant to function as an important resource to families of children in the Belchertown community between the ages of 3 and 22 who are in need of Special Education and related services. We work collaboratively with the Department of Student Support Services to help guide priorities and programming.

Participating in the SEPAC is a great way for parents and caregivers of students with disabilities to meet one another as we all learn more about Special Education, our rights, and the rights of our students.

We are excited to announce that Belchertown will now be working collaboratively with area towns so that we may be involved in more workshops! The Belchertown SEPAC holds open meetings on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Specific meeting dates and locations for the 2019-2020 school year are:

September 18, 2019; Belchertown, Chestnut Hill Community School Library

October 9, 2019; Belchertown, Chestnut Hill Community School Library; Basic Rights: Evaluation & Eligibility

November 13, 2019; South Hadley, Michael E. Smith Middle School Library; Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP

January 8, 2020; Granby, location TBD; Effective Communication

February 12, 2020; Hadley, location TBD; Basic Rights; Transition Planning

March 11, 2020; Granby, location TBD; Creating a Post-Secondary Vision

April 8, 2020; Granby, location TBD; Reflect and Look Ahead

May 13, 2020; Belchertown, Chestnut Hill Community School Library

Our Mission:

"The Belchertown Special Education Parent Advisory Council represents the collective voice of parents and students by fostering positive and constructive discussion to ultimately advise the School Committee and District leadership in matters regarding children with special needs.  In doing so, we endeavor to ensure that our children are provided every opportunity to reach their full potential." 

 

SEPAC Officers

Amanda Saklad, President            btownsepac@gmail.com